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Hubeite

Sorosilicate

The mineral hubeite, Ca 2Mn2+ Fe3+ [Si 4O 12(OH)]·(H 2O) 2, is a sorosilicate of the Si 4O 13 group. Structurally it also belongs to the Akatoreite group. It was found and named after the province of Hubei. It is common to iron ores in a mine of that region. It occurs mainly as aggregates of fan like crystals. It is dark to pale brown, has orange-brown streak and is vitreous. Hubeite has a hardness of 5.5 in the Mohs scale , one good cleavage. It is triclinic with a space group of P1*. The structure of hubeite is very uncommon, and in fact there is only one other mineral that fits the Si 4O 13 group, which is ruizite.

Identification

Color of mineral

Brown

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

5.5

The streak

Brown

Density ( specific gravity )

1.667
1.679
1.69

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Triclinic