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Bityite

Phyllosilicate,mica group

Bityite is considered a rare mineral , and it is an endmember to the margarite mica sub-group found within the phyllosilicate group. The mineral was first described by Antoine François Alfred Lacroix in 1908, and later its chemical composition was concluded by Professor Hugo Strunz Bityite has a close association with beryl , and it generally crystallizes in pseudomorphs after it, or in cavities associated with reformed beryl crystals. The mineral is considered a late-stage constituent in lithium bearing pegmatites and has only been encountered in a few localities throughout the world. The mineral was named by Lacroix from where it was first discovered.

Identification

Color of mineral

White
Grey
Blue
Green
Brown

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

3

Density ( specific gravity )

1.651
1.659
1.661

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous
Pearly

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic