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Fluoborite

Borate mineral

Fluoborite has a chemical formula of Mg3(BO3)(F,OH)3. Its name comes from its main chemical components, FLUOrine and BORon. It was first described in 1926.

Fluoborite's crystal system is hexagonal, meaning it has one six-fold axis of rotation. It also has a mirror plane perpendicular to the c-axis. Fluoborite is uniaxial, just like all other hexagonal minerals. Uniaxial means it has only one optic axis. It is anisotropic. Its relief is low, and it is birefringent.

There are three major settings fluoborite is found. It is found in skarns developed in metamorphosed boron-rich magnesium rocks, contact metamorphosed , and in contact metasomatic deposits. There are two major type localities for fluoborite. One is Tall Mine, Kallmora, Norberg , Sweden. It is an iron mine in a contact metasomatic magnetite deposit. The other type locality is the Huerta del Vinagre mine, Spain

It occurs associated with ludwigite , magnetite in the Tallgruvan, Sweden occurrence. It occurs with mooreite , fluorite , pyrochroite at Sterling Hill

Identification

Color of mineral

Violet
White

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

3.5

The streak

White

Density ( specific gravity )

1.57
1.534

Luster ( interacts light )

Silky
Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Hexagonal