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The Bikitaite mineral

The Bikitaite mineral

Bikitaite was named for the type locality in Bikita in the Masvingo District of Zimbabwe.

The only other locality for Bikitaite is in the United States at the Foote Lithium Co. Mine in North Carolina, USA. Bikitaite occurs as a late-forming mineral within fractures in lithium-rich pegmatites. Associated minerals include eucryptite, quartz, Petalite, feldspar, calcite, stilbite, allophone, albite, and fairfieldite.

FormulaLiAlSi2O6·H2O
Crystal SystemTriclinic
Crystal HabitAggregates
CleavagePerfect, Good, None
LusterVitreous (Glassy)
Colorcolorless, white
Streakwhite
ClassTriclinic - Pedial
FractureConchoidal
Hardness6
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