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Esperite

Silicate mineral

Esperite is a rare complex calcium lead silicate and trimerite that used to be called calcium larsenite. It was named in honor of Esper F. Larsen Jr. (1879–1961), petrologist of Harvard University.[clarification needed

Esperite has a white, greasy appearance in daylight and is much prized for its brilliant yellow green fluorescence under shortwave ultraviolet, franklinite , hardystonite. It has also been found as prismatic crystals up to 1 mm in length at the El Dragon Mine in association with allophane , clinochalcomenite.

Identification

Color of mineral

White

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

5

Density ( specific gravity )

1.762
1.77
1.774

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic