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Cacoxenite

Phosphate mineral

Cacoxenite is an iron phosphate mineral . The name comes from the Greek κăκός for "bad" or "evil" and ξένος for "guest" because the phosphorus content of cacoxenite lessens the quality of iron smelted from ore containing it.

It was first described in 1825 for an occurrence in the Hrbek Mine, Bohemia It occurs as a secondary phase in oxidized magnetite deposits. It also occurs in novaculites and in iron and phosphorus rich sediments

Identification

Color of mineral

Brown
Yellow
Red
Orange
Golden
Green

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

3
4

Density ( specific gravity )

1.575
1.635

Luster ( interacts light )

Silky

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Hexagonal