Sections
Thumbnails

Rhabdophane-(Ce) crystals - click for larger pic
Rhabdophane-(Ce) crystals
R. O. M. specimen #44890
Photo by Violet Anderson
© Royal Ontario Museum

Rhabdophane-(Ce) crystals - click for larger pic
Rhabdophane-(Ce) crystals
© Modris Baum

Search this site

Powered by FreeFind

Home > Mineral Descriptions > Rhabdophane-(Ce) - (4 Photos)



Rhabdophane-(Ce)
CePO4 · H2O

     Rhabdophane-(Ce) is a rare phosphate mineral at MSH.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually pale yellow-brown, tan, beige and brown.
Luster is dull to greasy.
Diaphaneity is translucent to opaque.
Crystal System is hexagonal; P6222.
Crystal Habits include hexagonal prisms to 6mm, botyroidal
   aggregates and interstitial fillings.
Cleavage none observed.
Fracture is uneven.
Hardness is 3.5
Specific Gravity is approximately 4.0 g/cm3.
Streak is yellowish.
Associated Minerals include aegirine, albite, amphibole group,
   ancylite, astrophyllite, biotite, calcite, microcline, natrolite,
   rhodochrosite and sérandite.
Distinguishing Features: Crystal habit.
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
# 40.4.7.1

Strunz Classification
# VII/C.29-10

REFERENCES:
MinRec 21:331 (1990), Dana 8:807 (1997)

DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

MSH
¤¤¤

PE
¤¤

AP
¤¤

MX
--

SS
--

MC
--

HF
--

BR
--

SX
--

FR
--

Legend

Rhabdophane-(Ce) crystals - click for larger pic
Rhabdophane-(Ce) crystals
© Doug Merson

Rhabdophane-(Ce) crystals - click for larger pic
Rhabdophane-(Ce) crystals
© Bill Lechner