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Wairakite

Zeolite mineral

Wairakite is a zeolite structure but containing a calcium ion. The chemical composition is Ca8(Al16Si32O96)•16H2O. It is named for the location of its discovery in Wairakei , North Island, New Zealand, by Alfred Steiner The first finds were in hydrothermally altered rhyolitic and volcaniclastic rocks The mineral has since been found in metamorphic rocks and in geothermal areas. It was most likely first successfully synthesized in a laboratory in 1970.

Identification

Color of mineral

White

The streak

White

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous
Dull

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic