wavellite


wavellite
/way"veuh luyt'/, n. Mineral.
a hydrous aluminum fluorophosphate occurring as white to yellowish-green or brown aggregates of radiating fibers.
[named in 1805 after W. Wavell (d. 1829), English physician, its discoverer; see -ITE1]

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      hydrated aluminum phosphate [Al3(PO4)2(OH)3·5H2O], a common phosphate mineral that typically occurs as translucent, greenish, globular masses in crevices in aluminous metamorphic rocks, in limonite and phosphate-rock deposits, and in hydrothermal veins. Occurrences include Zbiroh, Czech Republic; Montebras, France; Barnstaple, Devon, Eng., where it was first found; Llallagua, Bolivia; and Dunnellon, Fla., U.S. For detailed physical properties, see phosphate mineral (table).

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