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Name:Named in 1823 by Henry J. Brooke in honor of Parker Cleaveland [January 15, 1780 Rowley (Byfield), Massachusetts, USA - August 15, 1758, in Brunswick, Maine, USA], professor of geology and mineralogy at Bowdoin College in Maine 1805-1858. In 1816 Cleaveland wrote the first mineralogy textbook authored by a citizen of the USA. Despite the title page date, the textbook was actually released in January 1817. The textbook was noted for its unification of European schools of thought and was also popular in its second edition of 1822. Cleavelandite had been described earlier in 1817 by Johann Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann with the name "kieselspath". In 1815, Hans Peter Eggertz named granular and radiated albite, probably identical to cleavelandite of Brooke. In 1936, Harold Lattimore Alling defined cleavelandite as a triclinic mineral, suggesting a difference from true albite as well as "analbite". Fisher (1968) studied cleavelandite from Chesterfield, Massachusetts, USA, the type locality, but did not study type specimens, and proposed that true cleavelandite should be restricted to warped platy masses of mineral with lamellae parallel to (010) and "lack other well-defined crystal faces, and may be twinned on the albite law". This definition would not include most specimens called "cleavelandite", especially those cleavelandites grown into open cavities, although such "cleavelandite" is also known from the type locality. The current use of the varietal name generally includes cavity hosted crystal aggregates.
A variety of Albite

Platy albite, generally found in pegmatite.

Classification of Cleavelandite

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Other Names for Cleavelandite

Other Languages:
Simplified Chinese:叶钠长石
Traditional Chinese:葉鈉長石

Other Information

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References for Cleavelandite

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Dana's New Mineralogy, 8th ed., 1997, by Gaines, et.al.

Manual of Mineralogy after James D. Dana, 1977, by C. Klein & C.S. Hurlbut, Jr.

Maine Mineralogy, V.-I, 1994, by V. King & E. Foord.

Maine Mineralogy, V.-II, 2000, by V. King.

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