Galaxite

oxide

metamorphic

Formula: Mn2+Al2O4 multiple oxide, spinel group
Specific gravity: 4.234
Hardness: 7½
Streak: Red-brown
Colour: Black or mahogany red
Environments:

Metamorphic environments

At the Bald Knob Mine, North Carolina, galaxite occurs in carbonate-rich, silica undersaturated parts of a metamorphosed manganese deposit (Webmin). It is commonly intergrown with alleghanyite, and further associated with tephroite, quartz, magnetite and jacobsite (AM17.1-18). The minerals here have formed under amphibolite facies metamorphic conditions (AM68.449).

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