Bismuth
Bi

     Bismuth is extremely rare at Mont Saint-Hilaire, only a few specimens have been recovered.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually silver-white.
Luster is metallic.
Diaphaneity is opaque.
Crystal System is hexagonal; R3m
Crystal Habits include small flakes and blebs to 1mm.
Cleavage {001} is perfect, {101} is good and {104} is imperfect.
Fracture is not observed.
Hardness is 2 - 2.5
Specific Gravity is approximately 9.75 g/cm3.
Streak is silver-white.
Associated Minerals include aegirine, albite, analcime,
   lovozerite, lueshite, sodalite and villiaumite.
Distinguishing Features: Cleavage, color and luster.
Origin: Known since the Middle Ages as wisimut. The name
   comes from the German, wis mat, white mass, as descriptive
   of the metal.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 1.3.1.4

Strunz Classification
# I/B.1-40

REFERENCES:
MinRec 21:299 (1990), Dana 8:28 (1997)

DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

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PE
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AP
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MX
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SS
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MC
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HF
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BR
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FR
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