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Vermiculite
(Mg,Fe++,Al)3(Al,Si)4O10(OH)2 · 4 H2O

     Vermiculite is a recently identified species from Mont Saint-Hilaire. More information will be available in early 2001.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually colorless, green, gray white, or yellow brown.
Luster is vitreous or dull.
Diaphaneity is translucent.
Crystal System is monoclinic; C2/m.
Crystal Habits include (??).
Cleavage [001] is perfect.
Fracture is uneven.
Hardness is approximately 1.5 - 2.
Specific Gravity is ~ 2.5 g/cm3.
Streak is brown.
Associated Minerals include (??).
Distinguishing Features: (??).
Origin: Named in 1824 for vermiculor, in allusion to the swelling
     property of the mineral.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 71.2.2d.3

Strunz Classification
# VIII/H.21-20

REFERENCES:
Dana 8:1474-1476 (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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