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Named in 1852 by Karl/Carl List from the Greek seirος meaning "silken".
A variety of Muscovite

A term for a fine-grained white, pale green to oily greenish mica, mainly Muscovite (rarely Paragonite).

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Chemical Properties of SericiteHide


Age distributionHide

Recorded ages:
Neoproterozoic to Quaternary : 670 Ma to 1.3 ± 0.1 Ma - based on 27 recorded ages.

Synonyms of SericiteHide

Other Language Names for SericiteHide

Varieties of SericiteHide

Chromian SericiteA chromium-bearing variety of sericite. See also fuchsite.

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Quartz30 photos of Sericite associated with Quartz on
Pyrite21 photos of Sericite associated with Pyrite on
Epidote10 photos of Sericite associated with Epidote on
Fluorite9 photos of Sericite associated with Fluorite on
Calcite8 photos of Sericite associated with Calcite on
Schorl7 photos of Sericite associated with Schorl on
Topaz6 photos of Sericite associated with Topaz on
Weberite6 photos of Sericite associated with Weberite on
Cryolite6 photos of Sericite associated with Cryolite on
Magnetite6 photos of Sericite associated with Magnetite on

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.

Sericite in petrologyHide

References for SericiteHide

Reference List:
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Zhang, M., Wang, L., Hirai, S., Redfern, S.A.T., and Salje, E.K.H. (2005) Dehydroxylation and CO2 incorporation in annealed mica (sericite): An infrared spectroscopic study. American Mineralogist: 90: 173-180.

Internet Links for SericiteHide

Localities for SericiteHide

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