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Lovozerite
Na2Ca(Zr,Ti)Si6(O,OH)18

     Lovozerite, a member of the lovozerite group, occurs rarely at
Mont Saint-Hilaire.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually brown, orange-brown, reddish brown, beige,
   tan and rarely yellow or pink.
Luster is vitreous to dull.
Diaphaneity is opaque, with translucent to transparent zones.
Crystal System is hexagonal; R3m.
Crystal Habits include well-formed pseudo-dodecahedra to 3mm,
   spherical aggregates, 2mm blades and as grains and embedded
   subhedral to anhedral crystals.
Cleavage none apparent.
Fracture is conchoidal.
Hardness is 5.
Specific Gravity is approximately 2.64 g/cm3.
Streak is brown.
Associated Minerals include aegirine, albite, eudialyte, griceite,
   lueshite, pectolite, sérandite, sodalite, steenstrupine, terskite,
   ussingite, villiaumite and vuonnemite.
Distinguishing Features: Crystal habit.
Origin: Named in 1939 after its discovery locality, in the Lovozero
   alkaline complex, Kola Peninsula, Russia.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 61.1.2a.1

Strunz Classification
# VIII/E.16-30

REFERENCES:
MinRec 21:319-320 (1990), Dana 8:1247 (1997)

DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

MSH
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PE
--

AP
--

MX

SS
--

MC
--

HF
--

BR
--

SX
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FR
--

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