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Macdonaldite

Phyllosilicate

Macdonaldite is a rare barium with a chemical formula of BaCa4Si16O36(OH)2·10H2O. Macdonaldite was first described in 1965 and named for Gordon A. MacDonald (1911–1978) an American volcanologist at the University of Hawaii

Macdonaldite crystallises in the orthorhombic system. Macdonaldite is anisotropic with low relief.

Macdonaldite appears as veins and fracture coatings in a sanbornite bearing metamorphic rock. Macdonaldite was first described in 1965 for an occurrence near the Big Creek-Rush Creek area in Fresno County, California. It has also been reported from Mariposa It has also been reported from a quarry in San Venanzo , Umbria

Identification

Color of mineral

White

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

3.5
4.0

Density ( specific gravity )

1.518
1.524
1.53

Luster ( interacts light )

Silky
Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic