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Garronite
Na2Ca5Al12Si20O64 · 27H2O

     Garronite is extremely rare at MSH. It has orthorhombic symmetry though it has a pseudo-tetragonal aspect.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually pale yellow, orange-yellow or yellowish brown.
Luster is dull to greasy.
Diaphaneity is transparent to translucent.
Crystal System is orthorhombic; I4m2.
Crystal Habits include very small prisms that form globular and
   crude aggregates of tetragonal dipyramids to 2mm across.
Cleavage {100} and {010} are good.
Fracture is uneven.
Hardness is 4 - 4.5
Specific Gravity is approximately 2.15 g/cm3.
Streak is white.
Associated Minerals include aegirine, eudialyte, microcline,
   natrolite, sodalite and villiaumite.
Distinguishing Features: Crystal habit.
Origin: Named in 1962 after its discovery locality, in the
   Garron Plateau, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 77.1.3.3

Strunz Classification
# VIII/J.25-40

REFERENCES:
MinRec 21:311 (1990), Dana 8:1662-1663 (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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