Hydroxylherderite

phosphate

pegmatites

Formula: CaBe(PO4)(OH)
Anhydrous phosphate containing hydroxyl
Specific gravity: 2.95
Hardness: 5 to 5½
Streak: White
Colour: Colourless, grey, brown, pale yellow, greenish white, light blue, purple; colourless in transmitted light. May be blue-green or blue in daylight, lavender or light violet in incandescent light (Mindat).
Solubility: Soluble in acids.
Environments:

Pegmatites

Hydroxylherderite is found usually as a pegmatite mineral formed during late stage hydrothermal deposition in crystal-lined cavities (Mindat, Webmin, HOM). It may form from the alteration of beryl or beryllonite (HOM, AM 63.913). Associated minerals include elbaite, topaz, cassiterite, albite, microcline, muscovite, lepidolite, fluorapatite, fluorite and quartz (HOM, R&M 87.5.449). The presence of these species can indicate very high fluorine activity at the time of formation. Hydroxylherderite forms late, when most of the fluorine may have been consumed by the other fluorine-bearing mineral species, and only in rare cases will sufficient fluorine be left over to form herderite.

At Minas Gerais, Brazil, hydroxylherderite is associated with lepidolite, elbaite, topaz and microlite (Dana).

At the Sapo mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil, hydroxylherderite is a rare accessory mineral in the pegmatite, normally found inside tourmaline-bearing cavities )Min Rec 40.4.290).

In the Erongo Mountains, Namibia, hydroxylherderite is found in crystal-lined cavities associated with schorl, muscovite and orthoclase (MinRec 37.5.419).

At Klein Spitzkoppe, Namibia, hydroxylherderite has been found associated with euclase. (MinRec 36.4.325-->

At the Crooker Gem Pegmatite, Newry, Maine, USA, the mitridatite-coated fractures are rich in phosphate species. The mitridatite is the first phosphate to develop in the fracture, followed by jahnsite, laueite, phosphosiderite, pseudolaueite, rockbridgeite, stewartite, strunzite, whitmoreite, and xanthoxenite, all of which have overlapping formation. Fluorapatite, eosphorite, hydroxylapatite, hydroxylherderite and zanazziite are found in the Crooker gem pegmatite but are not found in late fractures.

At the Newry mine, Maine, USA, hydroxylherderite is an alteration product of beryllonite (Dana, Mindat).

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