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Bellite

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Formula:
Pb5(AsO4,CrO4,SiO4)3Cl
Colour:
Bright crimson-red, bright yellow to orange.
Lustre:
Resinous
Hardness:
Specific Gravity:
5.5
Name:
Named in 1904 by William Frederick Petterd in honor of Mr. W. R. Bell, of Tasmania, Australia. Palache et al. (1951) reported the crystallographic similarity to mimetite and that chemical testing "indicated little or no Cr" and concluded that bellite was "identical or near mimetite". Nickel and Hitchen (1993) investigated bellite from Petterd's mineral collection and found that it was a low chromium content mimetite. Cesbron and Williams (1980) synthesized a pure equivalent of chromium-dominant mimetite and called their product "bellite".
A variety of Mimetite

Initially thought to be a supposed arsenate-chromate of lead associated with crocoite and mimetite (Magnet Mine, Tasmania). An uncredited chemical analysis mentioned in passing suggested a mixture of crocoite, mimetite and quartz. It has also been suggested to be a 10:1 mixture of cerussite and crocoite. Discredited in 1993 and stated to be a chromian mimetite.

Note: "Bellite" samples from La Compania mine, Chile, and La Poderosa, Sierra Gorda, Chile, also are Cr-bearing mimetite (Uwe Kolitsch, unpublished results).

Originally reported from Magnet Mine, Magnet, Waratah district, Tasmania, Australia.


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Classification of BelliteHide

Discredited

Physical Properties of BelliteHide

Resinous
Transparency:
Transparent, Translucent
Colour:
Bright crimson-red, bright yellow to orange.
Hardness:
2½ on Mohs scale
Tenacity:
Brittle
Density:
5.5 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Chemical Properties of BelliteHide

Formula:
Pb5(AsO4,CrO4,SiO4)3Cl

Other Language Names for BelliteHide

German:Bellit
Spanish:Bellita

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Diaboleite2 photos of Bellite associated with Diaboleite on mindat.org.
Quartz2 photos of Bellite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.
Wulfenite2 photos of Bellite associated with Wulfenite on mindat.org.
Pseudoboleite2 photos of Bellite associated with Pseudoboleite on mindat.org.

Fluorescence of BelliteHide

Not fluorescent in UV

Other InformationHide

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for BelliteHide

Reference List:
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Petterd, W.F. (1904) Notes on Tasmanian Minerals, Tasmania (published privately).
Petterd, W.F. (1910) Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. 221 pp., Hobart.
Larsen, E.S. (1921) The Microscopic Determination of the Nonopaque Minerals, First edition, USGS Bulletin 679: 45.
Palache, C., Berman, H., and Frondel, C. (1951) The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 1124 pp.: 895.
Cesbron, F. and Williams, S.A. (1980) Bulletin de Minéralogie, v. 103, p. 469-477.
Nickel, E.H. and Hitchen, G.J. (1993) 'Bellite' revisited. Mineralogical Magazine: 57: 538-540.
Burke, E.A.J. (2006) A mass discreditation of GQN minerals. The Canadian Mineralogist: 44(6): 1557-1560.

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Localities for BelliteHide

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Locality ListHide

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All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
Australia
 
  • Tasmania
    • Waratah-Wynyard municipality
      • Waratah district
        • Magnet
Petterd, W.F. (1905) Report of the Secretary of Mines, Tasmania for 1904, p. 83.; Clark, A. (1993) Hey's Mineral Index, p. 65.
Chile
 
  • Antofagasta Region
    • Antofagasta Province
      • Sierra Gorda District
        • Caracoles
Uwe Kolitsch, unpubl. results
Uwe Kolitsch, unpubl. results
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