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Wavellite from
Phosphate Hill, Mansfield, Mansfield Shire, Victoria, Australia

Locality type:Hill
Formula:Al3(PO4)2(OH,F)3 · 5H2O
Comments:"Wavellite is the most prominent phosphate mineral at Phosphate Hill. It is best developed in the phosphorite, where it occurs in seams, veinlets and cavities. Spherical aggregates of tightly packed acicular wavellite crystals may be up to 9mm across. The crystals are flattened in section and show wedge-shaped terminations. Isolated, open radiating sprays are uncommon and the aggregates are usually intergrown to form globular crusts. When broken these show the typical structure of fibrous radiating crystals forming shallow discs or low-angle cones. Wavellite crystals are usually colourless, but the crusts may be greyish white or pale green. Blocky water-clear wavellite crystals up to 0.5mm long occur with cacoxenite and strengite-variscite. Wavellite is occasionally pseudomorphed by pale blue-green turquoise and may be intimately mixed with variscite in thin seams in chert."
Validity:Believed Valid
References:W.D.Birch & D.A.Henry 1993. Phosphate Minerals of Victoria. The Mineralogical Society of Victoria special publication No. 3 pp 67-77
Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Cacoxenite3 photos of Wavellite associated with Cacoxenite at this locality.
Fluellite1 photo of Wavellite associated with Fluellite at this locality.
Strengite1 photo of Wavellite associated with Strengite at this locality.
Quartz1 photo of Wavellite associated with Quartz at this locality.
Mineral Data:Click here to view Wavellite data
Locality Data:Click here to view Phosphate Hill, Mansfield, Mansfield Shire, Victoria, Australia
Nearest other occurrences of Wavellite
5.6km (3.5 miles) A Howe's Creek Phosphate Belt, Mansfield, Mansfield Shire, Victoria, Australia
29.9km (18.6 miles) B Fry's Hut, Merrijig, Mansfield Shire, Victoria, Australia
48.4km (30.0 miles) C Greta South turquoise field, Greta South, Rural City of Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
48.7km (30.3 miles) D Edi-Cheshunt turquoise field, Whitfield, Rural City of Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
95.1km (59.1 miles) E Peechelba wavellite occurrence (Killawarra; Boweya), Warby Ranges, Rural City of Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
119.2km (74.0 miles) F Lancefield, Macedon Ranges Shire, Victoria, Australia
183.5km (114.0 miles) G Lavers Hill, Fish Creek, Hoddle Range, South Gippsland Shire, Victoria, Australia
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