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Todorokite

Manganese mineral

Todorokite is a rare complex hydrous manganese oxide mineral with the formula (Na,Ca,K,Ba,Sr)1-x(Mn,Mg,Al)6O12·3-4H2O. It was named in 1934 for the type locality, the Todoroki mine, Hokkaido , Japan. It belongs to the prismatic class 2/m of the monoclinic crystal system, but the angle β between the a and c axes is close to 90°, making it seem orthorhombic. It is a brown to black mineral which occurs in massive or tuberose forms. It is quite soft with a Mohs hardness of 3.49 - 3.82. It is a component of deep ocean basin manganese nodules.

Identification

Color of mineral

Brown
Black

The streak

Brown

Luster ( interacts light )

Dull
Metallic
Silky

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic