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Vladimirite

Arsenate mineral

Vladimirite is a rare calcium with a formula of Ca5(HAsO4)2(AsO4)2·5H2O. It is named after the Vladimirovskoye deposit , where it was discovered in the 1950s.

Vladimirite is monoclinic -prismatic, which means crystallographically, it contains three axes of unequal length and the angles between two of the axes are 90 degrees, and one is less than 90 degrees. It belongs to the space group P21/c. The mineral also has an orthorhombic polytype. In terms of its optical properties, vladimirite is anisotropic which means the velocity of light varies depending on direction through the mineral. Relief is a diagnostic characteristic of a mineral in plane polarized light that refers to the various ways different minerals "stand out". Vladimirite's calculated relief is 1.65-1.661, which is moderate. It is colorless in plane polarized light, and it is weakly pleochroic. Pleochroism is the variety of colors under plane polarized light displayed by crystals at various angles.

Identification

Color of mineral

White

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

3.5

Density ( specific gravity )

1.65
1.654
1.656

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous
Silky
Pearly

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic