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Artinite

Carbonate mineral

Artinite is a hydrated magnesium carbonate mineral with formula: Mg2(CO3)(OH)2·3H2O. It forms white silky monoclinic prismatic crystals that are often in radial arrays or encrustations. It has a Mohs hardness of 2.5 and a specific gravity of 2.

It occurs in low-temperature hydrothermal veins and in serpentinized rocks. Associated minerals include brucite , pyroaurite , calcite and magnesite

It was first reported in 1902 in Lombardy. It was named for Italian mineralogist, Ettore Artini

Identification

Color of mineral

White

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

2.5

Density ( specific gravity )

1.488
1.533
1.556

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous
Silky

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic