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Triplite

Phosphate mineral

Triplite is a rare phosphate mineral with formula (F ). It occurs in phosphate-rich granitic pegmatites typically as irregular brown opaque masses. Triplite was first described in 1813 for an occurrence in Chanteloube, Limousin The name is from the Greek triplos for triple, in reference to the three cleavage directions. In color and appearance, it is very similar to rhodocrosite , another manganese bearing mineral. Chemically, it is also quite similar to triploidite the difference being that triplite is fluorine dominant while triploidite is hydroxide dominant.

Identification

Color of mineral

Red
Brown
Pink

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

5

The streak

Brown

Density ( specific gravity )

1.643
1.647
1.668

Luster ( interacts light )

Resinous
Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic