Infobox mineral
name = Lepidolite
category = Silicate mineral
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caption = Crystal of lepidolite, Brazil
formula = KLi2Al(Al,Si)3O10(F,OH)2
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color = Pink, purple, rose-red, violet-gray,yellowish, white, colorless
habit = Tabular to prismatic pseudohexagonal crystals, scaly aggregates and massive
system = Monoclinic
twinning = Rare, composition plane
cleavage = [001] Perfect
fracture = Uneven
mohs = 2.5 - 3
luster = Vitreous to pearly
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refractive = a=1.525-1.548, b=1.551-1.58, g=1.554-1.586
opticalprop = Biaxial (-)
birefringence = 0.0290-0.0380
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gravity = 2.8 - 2.9
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diaphaneity = Transparent to translucent
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references = http://rruff.geo.arizona.edu/doclib/hom/lepidolite.pdf Handbook of Mineralogy] [http://webmineral.com/data/Lepidolite.shtml Webmineral]

Lepidolite (KLi2Al(Al,Si)3O10(F,OH)2) is a lilac or rose-violet colored phyllosilicate mineral of the mica group that is a secondary source of lithium. ["Manual of Mineralogy, 20th Ed." by Cornelius Hurlbut and Cornelis Klein.] It is associated with other lithium-bearing minerals like spodumene in pegmatite bodies. It is one of the major sources of the rare alkali metals, rubidium and caesium. [H. Nechamkin, "The Chemistry of the Elements", McGraw-Hill, New York, 1968.] In 1861 Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchhoff extracted 150 kg of lepidolite and yielded few grams of rubidium salts for analysis, and therefore discovered the new element rubidium. [cite journal
title = Chemische Analyse durch Spectralbeobachtungen
pages = 337–381
author = G. Kirchhoff, R. Bunsen
doi = 10.1002/andp.18611890702
journal = Annalen der Physik und Chemie
volume = 189
issue = 7
year = 1861

It occurs in granite pegmatites, in some high-temperature quartz veins, greisens, and granites. Associated minerals include: quartz, feldspar, spodumene, amblygonite, tourmaline, columbite, cassiterite, topaz and beryl.

Notable Occurrences: Brazil; Ural Mountains, Russia; California; Tanco Pegmatite, Bernic Lake Manitoba, Canada, Madagascar.


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