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Billwiseite

Oxide mineral

Billwiseite is a very rare oxide mineral found at the pegmatite commonly referred to as "Stak Nala" located within a few hundred yards from the village of Toghla in the Stak Nala, Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan. It has only been found as a coating on a single crystal of lepidolite. The sole rock containing Billwiseite is kept at the Royal Ontario Museum

It contains four relatively uncommon elements: antimony , niobium. It is named after William Wise, a mineralogist from the University of California, Santa Barbara

It was discovered by an international group of geologists, and accepted by the IMA in 2010. Its discovery was announced in Mineralogical Magazine in 2011, and was described in detail in 2012 in The Canadian Mineralogist by Hawthrone et al.

Identification

Color of mineral

Yellow

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

5

The streak

Yellow

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic