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Tantite

Oxide mineral

Tantite is a rare tantalum mineral with formula: Ta 5. Tantite forms transparent microscopic colorless triclinic - pedial crystals with an adamantine luster. It has a Mohs hardness of 7 and a high specific gravity of 8.45. Chemical analyses show minor inclusion (1.3%) of niobium oxide.

It was first described in 1983 for an occurrence in a pegmatite in the Kola peninsula. It has also been reported from a pegmatite complex in Florence County, Wisconsin. Associated mineral species include elbaite, columbite-tantalite , and microlite.

Identification

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

7

Luster ( interacts light )

Adamantine

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Triclinic