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Mineral Properties and Uses

Physical Properties of Rhodochrosite

Chemical Classification crbonate
Color pink, red, yellow, gray, brown
Streak white
Luster vitreous
Diaphaneity transparent to translucent
Cleavage perfect, rhombohedral
Mohs Hardness 3.5 to 4.5
Specific Gravity 3.5 to 3.7
Diagnostic Properties color, cleavage
Chemical Composition MnCO3
Crystal System hexagonal
Uses ore of manganese, ornamental use

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Rhodochrosite from Catamarca Province, Argentina, South America. Specimen is approximately 4 inches (10 centimeters) across.

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