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C. & M. Weber specimen
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Photo by Violet Anderson
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© Royal Ontario Museum

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Eudialyte
Na4(Ca,Ce)2(Fe2+,Mn,Y)ZrSi8O22(OH,Cl)2

     Eudialyte is widespread at Mont Saint-Hilaire. It can be found as excellent crystals with vibrant color. With recent analysis, 6 new members of this group were discovered at Mont Saint-Hilaire: ferrokentbrooksite, johnsenite-(Ce), kentbrooksite, khomyakovite, manganokhomyakovite and oneillite.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is dark brown or red-brown; carmine-red, orange-red, orange
   and pink.
Luster is vitreous on smaller crystals, and vitreous to greasy for
   the larger crystals.
Diaphaneity is transparent on smaller crystals, translucent to opaque
   on larger crystals.
Crystal System is hexagonal; R3m.
Crystal Habits include subhedral crystals to 5cm and crystalline masses.
Cleavage {001} is indistinct.
Fracture is uneven to conchoidal.
Hardness is 5 - 5.5
Specific Gravity is approximately 2.8 - 3.1 g/cm3.
Streak is white.
Associated Minerals include aegirine, albite, amphibole group,
   catapleiite, fluorite, gonnardite, mangan-neptunite, microcline,
   nepheline, pectolite, polylithionite, pyrochlore, sérandite and steacyite.
Distinguishing Features: Crystal habit, color and luster.
Origin: Named in 1801 from the Greek eu, well, plus dialytos,
   dissolved, alluding to its easy solubility in acids.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 64.1.1.1

Strunz Classification
# VIII/E.23-10

REFERENCES:
MinRec 21:308-309 (1990), Dana 8:1281-1283 (1997)

DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

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FR
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Eudialyte crystals
© Jacques Valverde

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Eudialyte crystals
© Jason B. Smith

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Eudialyte crystals
© Stephan Wolfsried