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Boracite

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Boracite is a magnesium with formula: Mg. It occurs as blue green, colorless, gray, yellow to white crystals in the orthorhombic. Boracite also shows pseudo-isometric cubical and octahedral forms. These are thought to be the result of transition from an unstable high temperature isometric form on cooling. Penetration twins are not unusual. It occurs as well formed crystals and dispersed grains often embedded within gypsum and anhydrite of 7 to 7.5 and a specific gravity of 2.9. Refractive index values are nα = 1.658 - 1.662, nβ = 1.662 - 1.667 and nγ = 1.668 - 1.673. It has a conchoidal fracture and does not show cleavage. It is insoluble in water (not to be confused with borax, which is soluble in water).

Boracite is typically found in evaporite sequences associated with gypsum , sylvite and hilgardite. It was first described in 1789 for specimens from its type locality hill, Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. The name is derived from its boron content (19 to 20% boron by mass).

Identification

Color of mineral

White
Grey
Brown
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

7

Density ( specific gravity )

1.658
1.662
1.668

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic