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Gmelinite-Na
(Na2Ca)Al2Si4O12 · 6H2O

     Gmelinite-Na, a member of the zeolite group, is moderately common at Mont Saint-Hilaire. Formerly simply known as gmelinite, recent analysis following the new nomenclature recommendations for zeolites from the IMA add the suffix -Na for MSH.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually colorless, pale yellow, lemon-yellow, orange
   and pale green.
Luster is vitreous to dull.
Diaphaneity is transparent to translucent.
Crystal System is hexagonal; P63/mmc.
Crystal Habits include excellent thin hexagonal plates to 5mm,
   complex groups of plates forming attractive rosettes and spherical
   aggregates; short hexagonal prisms terminated by hexagonal
   pyramids and basal pinacoids.
Cleavage {010} is distinct and {001} shows parting.
Fracture is uneven.
Hardness is 4.5.
Specific Gravity is approximately 2.1 g/cm3.
Streak is white.
Associated Minerals include dolomite, hematite, microcline,
   molybdenite, pyrite, pyroxene group, quartz, rutile and siderite.
Distinguishing Features: Crystal habit, color and twinning.
Origin: Named in 1825 for Christian Gottlob Gmelin (1792-1860),
    Professor of Chemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 77.1.2d.1

Strunz Classification
# VIII/J.26-50

REFERENCES:
MinRec 21:312 (1990), Dana 8:1657-1659 (1997)

DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

MSH
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PE
--

AP
--

MX
--

SS
--

MC
--

HF
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BR
--

SX
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FR
--

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Gmelinite-Na crystals
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