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Rhabdophane-(La)
(La,Ce)PO4 ยท H2O

     Rhabdophane-(La) has recently been identified as a species from Mont Saint-Hilaire. More analysis is under way and will be made available.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually brownish.
Luster is greasy.
Diaphaneity is translucent.
Crystal System is hexagonal; P6222.
Crystal Habits include (??).
Cleavage none observed.
Fracture is (??).
Hardness is 3.5
Specific Gravity is approximately 3.9 g/cm3.
Streak is white.
Associated Minerals include (??).
Distinguishing Features: (??).
Origin: Named in 1878 from the Greek rhabdos, a rod, plus
   phainesthai, to appear, alluding to its characteristic spectral
   absorption bands due to REE presence.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 40.4.7.2

Strunz Classification
# VII/C.29-20

REFERENCES:
Dana 8:807 (1997)

DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

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PE
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AP
--

MX
--

SS
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MC
--

HF
--

BR
--

SX
--

FR
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