How to identify it
Unique Characteristics or Properties
Wavellite is easily recognized by its radiating clusters of crystals forming circles. In the picture above, some of the starbursts are hidden in other minerals. Sometimes wavellite can grow into hemispheres that hide the radiating crystals until split open.
Where to find it
The Northwest: N/A
Other: Australia, France, Ireland, Bolivia, Germany, England.
It has been used as an extraction of phosphorous.
How it was Made
Forms in hydrothermal veins and crevices on limestone and aluminum rich rocks, especially limonite.
It is often found in tin mines.
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