Lepidolite

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Lepidolite

Description

A rose-violet color mica with shiny hexagonal plates. Lepidolite deposits are found in the Czech Republic, Ural Mountains, South Africa, Brazil (Minas Gerais), and the U.S. (California, South Dakota, New Mexico). Lepidolite is a potassium lithium aluminum silicate. The translucent mineral is usually lilac or rose in color but may also be white, gray or yellow. Lepidolite is sometimes used as a in glass and ceramic production but it can release fluorine gas resulting in bubbles.

Lepidolite

Synonyms and Related Terms

lithia mica; lepidolita (Esp.); lepidoliet (Ned.); lepidolit (Pol.); lepidolite (Port.); Lepidolit (Deut.)

Other Properties

Monoclinic system usually in hexagonal plates. Cleavage is perfect in one direction.

Luster = pearly. Streak = colorless. Translucent to transparent.

Composition K2Li3Al4Si7O21(OH,F)3
Mohs Hardness 2.5 - 4.0
Melting Point 1170
Density 2.8-3.3

Hazards and Safety

Skin contact may cause burns. Inhalation and ingestion may cause irritation of membranes

Additional Information

Mineralogy Database: Lepidolite

Sources Checked for Data in Record

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