Perhamite

phosphate

wavellite

Formula: Ca3Al7.7Si3P4O23.5(OH)14.1.8H2O
Compound phosphate
Specific gravity: 2.64
Hardness: 5
Streak: White
Colour: Colourless, white, light brown, orange
Environments

Pegmatites
Hydrothermal

At the phosphate deposits of South Australia, perhamite is most often found as pseudomorphs after other phosphate minerals, such as fluellite, minyulite and especially wavellite (AJM 17.1.24).

At the Moculta phosphate quarry, Angaston, Barossa Valley, Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia, perhamite occurs on a matrix of apatite and quartz (AM 91.1945).

At Tom's quarry, Kapunda, Mount Lofty ranges, South Australia, perhamite is associated with fluellite, minyulite and wavellite (HOM).

At the co-type localities, the Bell pit and the Dunton Gem Quarry, Newry, Oxford county, Maine, USA, perhamite was originally found as late-stage mineralisation in granite pegmatites; subsequently it was found in oxidised zones of ore deposits (Mindat). Associated minerals include siderite, wardite, amblygonite, eosphorite and sphalerite in a vuggy amblygonite-rich pegmatite zone (MM 41.437-442, AM 63.794, HOM).

Common impurities: Ti,Fe,Mg,Na,F

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