Mineral Information and Data:

Balipholite
LiBaMg2Al3(Si2O6)2(OH)8 [CNMNC approved formula]

Named for BArium and LIthium in the composition, and the Chinese for fibrous.

IMA status : Approved Species 1974 ()
CLASSIFICATION 
Dana
(8th edition) :
65.01.05.04  
  (65) Inosilicate Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1
  (65.01) with chains P=2
  (65.01.05) Carpholite group
  
Nickel-Strunz
(10th edition) :
09.DB.05
  (09) Silicates
  (09.D) Inosilicates* Structural terminology per Liebau (1985)
  (09.DB) with 2-periodic single chains, Si2O6; Pyroxene-related minerals
  
Crystal system: Orthorhombic System
Point group (H-M): mmm (or 2/m 2/m 2/m) — dipyramidal
Unit cell: a = 13.6Å, b = 20.24Å, c = 5.16Å
Crystal Habit: Crystals needle-like and fibrous, elongated || [001], up to 1 mm; as radiating or parallel sheaf-like aggregates.
  
Color: Pale yellowish white; in thin section, colorless
Diaphaneity: Transparent to translucent
Luster: Silky
Measured Density: 3.32 - 3.35 g/cm3
Cleavage: Perfect on {010}, distinct on {100} and {110}
  
Geologic Setting: In a miarolitic cavity.
Mineral Association: Zinnwaldite, quartz.
  

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