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Zirsilite-(Ce)
(Na,[ ])12(Ce, Na)3Ca6Mn3Zr3Nb(Si25O73)(OH)3(CO3) · H2O

     Zirsilite-(Ce) is a recent addition for mont-Saint-Hilaire. It was discovered at the same time as IMA 2004-026, a new type locality for MSH (johnsenite-(Ce). It increases the list of eudialyte-group species: ferrokentbrooksite, johnsenite-(Ce), kentbrooksite, khomyakovite, manganokhomyakovite and oneillite.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is cream.
Luster is vitreous.
Diaphaneity is transparent.
Crystal System is trigonal; R3m.
Crystal Habits include (??).
Cleavage: none.
Fracture is conchoidal.
Hardness is 5.
Specific Gravity is approximately 3,15 g/cm3.
Streak is white.
Associated Minerals include (??).
Distinguishing Features: Brittle.
Origin: Named in 2002 to reflects its composition, ZIR + SIL and Cerium.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 64.1.1.13

Strunz Classification
# VIII/E.25-56

REFERENCES:
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DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

MSH
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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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