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|Colour:||White||Hardness:||4 - 4½|
|Name:||For William Phillips (1776-1829), British mineralogist.|
|Phillipsite-Ca, Phillipsite-K, Phillipsite-Na|
The original phillipsite mineral name now covers a range of series of minerals.
The original phillipsite material was from Acireale, Etna Volcanic Complex, Catania Province, Sicily, Italy.
See also the closely related flörkeite.
Classification of Phillipsite
|Dana 8th edition ID:||220.127.116.11|
77 : TECTOSILICATES Zeolites
1 : Zeolite group - True zeolites
|Hey's CIM Ref.:||16.10.11|
16 : Silicates Containing Aluminum and other Metals
10 : Aluminosilicates of Ca and alkalis
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Physical Properties of Phillipsite
|Hardness (Mohs):||4 - 4½|
|Density (measured):||2.2 g/cm3|
|Density (calculated):||2.242 g/cm3|
Crystallography of Phillipsite
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Optical Data of Phillipsite
|RI values:||nα = 1.483 - 1.505 nβ = 1.484 - 1.511 nγ = 1.486 - 1.514|
|2V:||Measured: 60° to 90°, Calculated: 70° to 72°|
|Maximum Birefringence:||δ = 0.003 - 0.009|
Chart shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
|Dispersion:||r > v or r < v|
Relationship of Phillipsite to other Species
|Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:|
Other Names for Phillipsite
|Health Warning:||No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.|
References for Phillipsite
Köhler, F. (1836): Zur Naturgeschichte des Kreuzsteins oder HAnnalen der Chemie und Physik, Vol. 37, pp. 560
Steinfink, H. (1962): The crystal structure of the zeolite, phillipsite. Acta Crystallogr., 15, 644-652.
Hentschel, G. (1989): Zur Vielgestaltigkeit des Phillipsit. Der Aufschluss 40, 153-164 (in German).
Gatta, G. D., Cappelletti, P. & Langella, A. (2010): Crystal-chemistry of phillipsites from the Neapolitan Yellow Tuff. European Journal of Mineralogy 22, 779-786.
Internet Links for Phillipsite
|Specimens:||The following Phillipsite specimens are currently listed for sale on minfind.com.|
Localities for Phillipsite
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