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Vantasselite

Phosphate mineral

Vantasselite is a rare aluminium phosphate mineral with formula: Al4(PO4)3(OH)3 •9H2O. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic system and has a white color, a hardness of 2 to 2.5, a white streak and a pearly luster.

It occurs in a quartzite north of Bihain It was first described in 1987 and named after Belgian René Van Tassel

Identification

Color of mineral

White

Luster ( interacts light )

Pearly

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic