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Saponite

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Locality: 
Ladyhill Quarry, Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Size Range: 
Miniature (4.5-7 cm)
Size: 
5.7 × 3.5 × 2 cm
Description

The name saponite is based on this minerals soap like qualities. This specimen looks like, and feels like its namesake more than any other piece I have come across. It is also the biggest piece I have found. Matrix free.

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Saponite

Formula: 
Ca0.25(Mg,Fe)3((Si,Al)4O10)(OH)2·nH2O
Strunz: 
9.EC.45
Hardness: 
1.5 - 2.0
Type Locality: 
Lizard Point, Landewednack, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, England, UK
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