Blixite

minerals

mendipite

braunite

hausmannite

Formula: Pb8O5(OH)2Cl4
Halide
Specific gravity: 7.35
Hardness: 3
Streak: Pale yellow
Colour: Pale yellow, yellow-orange to greyish yellow
Solubility: soluble in dilute mineral acids
Common impurities: Ca,Cu,Fe,Zn
Environments

Metamorphic environments
Hydrothermal environments

Localities

At the Endeavor Mine, Cobar, Robinson county, New South Wales, Australia, blixite is found as masses masses to 100 microns across in the supergene-sulphide zone with mendipite and anglesite, which it appears to replace (AJM 11-2.89, HOM).

At the Lavrion slag localities, Lavreotiki, East Attica, Attica, Greece, blixite is a reaction product in slag immersed in sea water (HOM).

At the type locality, the Långban mine, Långban Ore District, Filipstad, Värmland County, Sweden, blixite occurs in hausmannite-rich dolomite and biotite variety manganophyllite skarn in a metamorphosed iron-manganese orebody, associated with dolomite, hausmannite, copper and biotite variety manganophyllite (AM 45.908, Mindat, HOM). It also occurs in fractures in braunite-hausmannite ore (Dana).

At the Torr Works Quarry, Cranmore, Mendip, Somerset, England, UK, blixite has been reported with brucite and hydrocerussite (HOM), but its presence in this area has been disputed (JRS 13.3.46).

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