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Satterlyite

Phosphate mineral

Satterlyite is a hydroxyl phosphate mineral and was first discovered in the Big Fish River area in Yukon Territory , Canada.

Satterlyite is part of the phosphate mineral group. Satterlyite is a transparent, light brown to light yellow mineral with a density of 3.68 g/cm3. The structure of satterlyite is made up of two pairs of face shared, distorted (Fe,Mg)O6 octahedra, linked together by sharing edges to form double chains along the plain.

The first satterlyite mineral was discovered in the Big Fish River area in Yukon Territory, westernmost of Canada; by a geologist at Ontario Department of Mines in Canada, Jack Satterly, and the mineral was also named after him (Kolitsch, 2002).

Identification

Color of mineral

Brown
Yellow

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

4.5
5

The streak

Yellow

Density ( specific gravity )

1.721
1.719

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Trigonal