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Saliotite

Silicate mineral

Saliotite is a rare colorless to pearl white phyllosilicate mineral group with formula (Li,Na)Al3 (AlSi3O10)(OH)5. It is an ordered 1:1 interstratification of cookeite. It has perfect cleavage , a pearly luster and leaves a white streak. Its crystal structure is monoclinic , and it is a soft mineral with a hardness rated 2-3 on the Mohs scale

Saliotite was first described in 1994 for an occurrence in an outcrop of high grade , Andalusia. It was named for French

Identification

Color of mineral

White

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

2

Density ( specific gravity )

1.58
1.58
1.59

Luster ( interacts light )

Pearly

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic