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FROM : Manjaka, Antsirabe, Madagascar
SIZE : 6.8 x 4.2 cm
The white-pink and translucent behierite is associated to rubellite, albite and some grains of blue apatite. It measures 6.8 X 4.2 cm.
This sample of behierite, acquired thanks to support from Total, comes from Manjaka in the area of Antsirabe in Madagascar. This sample is kept today in the storage rooms of the collections of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (i.e., not yet displayed to the public).
Photography: Louis-Dominique Bayle, © MNHN.
SPECIE : Behierite
HISTORY : Species dedicated to Jean Béhier (1903-1965), French mineralogist who discovered the species and was the first to describe it.
Species first described in 1960 by Jean Béhier
Type-locality: Manjaka, Antsirabe, Madagascar
CHEMICAL FORMULA : (Ta,Nb) BO4
CRYSTAL SYSTEM : Tetragonal
COLOR : Pink to pink grayish
DIAPHANIETY : Translucide
LUSTER : Adamantine
STREAK : White
MORPHOLOGY : Pseudo-octahedric crystals
HARDNESS : 7,0-7,5
DENSITY : 7,91
CHEMICAL CLASS : VI - Sulfates, chromates,
GROUP : Béhierite
STRUNZ CLASS BEFORE 2001 : 5/G.07-20
STRUNZ CLASS AFTER 2001 : 6.AC.10
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