Pyrochlore

pyrochlore

apatite

magnetite

zircon

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Pyrochlore is a group of minerals Formula: (Na,Ca)2Nb2(O,OH,F)2
Specific gravity: 4.5
Hardness: 5 to 5½
Streak: light brown, yellowish brown
Colour: orange, brownish red, brown, black
Solubility: Insoluble in water, soluble with decomposition in sulphuric acid
Common impurities: U,Th

Plutonic igneous environments
Pegmatites
Carbonatites
Sedimentary environments

Pyrochlore is a primary mineral, forming in pegmatites and in igneous rocks dominated by carbonate minerals. It is an accessory mineral in silica-poor rocks, often occurring with magnetite, apatite and zircon. It also accumulates in some detrital deposits.

Localities

At the Silver Crater mine, Hastings county, Ontario, Canada, pyrochlore occurs in a small carbonatite together with zircon crystals (R&M 94.5.414).

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