Mineral Information and Data:

Aqualite
(H3O)8Na4Ca6SrZr3Si26O66(OH)9Cl [CNMNC approved formula]

Named as an allusion to its composition.

IMA status : Approved Species 2002 (IMA2002-066)
CLASSIFICATION 
Dana
(8th edition) :
64.01.01.15  (This Dana# Added)
  (64) Cyclosilicates
  (64.01) Cyclosilicate Rings with Other Anions and Insular Silicate Groups with mixed ring types
  (64.01.01) Eudialyte Group
  
Nickel-Strunz
(10th edition) :
09.CO.10
  (09) Silicates
  (09.C) Cyclosilicates
  (09.CO) [Si9O27]18- 9-membered rings
  
Crystal system: Trigonal System
Point group (H-M): 3m — ditrigonal-pyramidal
Unit cell: a = 14.078Å, c = 31.24Å
  
Color: Pink
Diaphaneity: Translucent
Luster: Vitreous
Hardness (Mohs): 4 - 5
Measured Density: 2.58 g/cm3
Tenacity: Brittle
Fracture: Conchoidal
Streak: White
  
Geologic Setting: Alkaline pegmatite
  

 

Aqualite
Light to dark pink aqualite in matrix
Origin: Kovdor Phlogopite Quarry, Kovdor, Kola, Russia
Sample size: micromount
Photo: Diederik Visser

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