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Superb macro-sized
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Richterite
Na(CaNa)(Mg,Fe2+5(Si8O22)(OH)2

     Richterite, a member of the amphibole group is rare at the locality.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually colorless or pale green.
Luster is vitreous.
Diaphaneity is transparent to translucent.
Crystal System is monoclinic; C2/m.
Crystal Habits include prismatic crystals to 3mm.
Cleavage {110} is perfect.
Fracture is uneven.
Hardness is 5 - 6.
Specific Gravity is approximately 3.2 g/cm3.
Streak is white.
Associated Minerals include aegirine, albite, amphibole group,
   analcime, ancylite, arfvedsonite, calcite, diopside, fluorite, gonnardite,
   microcline, pectolite, quartz, sodalite and tainiolite.
Distinguishing Features: Crystal habit.
Origin: Named in 1865 for Theodor Richter (1824-1898), German
   mineralogist and metallurgist.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 66.1.3b.9

Strunz Classification
# VIII/F.09-10

REFERENCES:
MinRec 21:333 (1990), Dana 8:1358 (1997)

DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

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PE
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AP
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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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