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Genthelvite
Zn4Be3(SiO4)3S

     Genthelvite is rare at Mont Saint-Hilaire. Some crystals to 5cm have been found, the largest known for the species. Genthelvite fluoresces intense green under SW and LW; and retains strong phosphorescence for short periods.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually colorless, white or pale yellow on smaller crystals
   and white, pale to lemon-yellow, greenish yellow, very pale green
   and pale brown on the larger crystals.
Luster is vitreous, resinous or greasy on broken surfaces.
Diaphaneity: transparent to translucent on smaller crystals and
   generally opaque on larger crystals.
Crystal System is isometric; P43n.
Crystal Habits include sharp simple tetrahedra often with minor
   modifications, randomly disseminated grains or small embedded
   masses.
Cleavage none observed.
Fracture is conchoidal to uneven.
Hardness is 6.
Specific Gravity is approximately 3.6 g/cm3.
Streak is white.
Associated Minerals include aegirine, albite, analcime, ancylite,
   astrophyllite, calcite, catapleiite, fluorite, gonnardite, leifite,
   microcline, polylithionite, pyrochlore, rhodochrosite, sérandite and
   wurtzite.
Distinguishing Features: Crystal habit.
Origin: Named in 1944 after Frederick August Ludwig Karl William
   Genth (1820-1893), Professor of Chemistry, University of
   Pennsylvania, and to recognize its similarity to helvite.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 76.2.4.3

Strunz Classification
# VIII/J.12-30

REFERENCES:
MinRec 21:311-312 (1990), Dana 8:1631 (1997)

DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

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PE
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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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SX
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FR
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Genthelvite crystals
© Modris Baum

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Genthelvite crystals
© Quintin Wight

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Genthelvite crystals under SW
Photo by R. Lavinsky
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