Minerals of the Chickering Mine Walpole, NH     MONTEBRASITE   (Li,Na)AlPO4(OH,F)           Back to Chickering front page.
Specimen owner ID's (capitals): TM = Tom Mortimer, BW = Bob Wilken, BJ = Bob Janules, PC = Peter Cristofono, AW = Anna Wilken
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Identification: MON_1, MON_2 => fusability and fusion after heating (see discussion). EDS analysis was performed by Excalibur Mineral Corp. for a Chickering Mine specimen. Analysis report stated: "isolation of phosphate mineral suggests montebrasite rather than amblygonite due to the low fluorine content found in the samples analyzed."

MON_3 => K Day EDS analysis BJ14 (0.04 mm clear xl)
MON_4 => K Day EDS analysis BJ15 (0.04 mm clear xl)
Discussion: Montebrasite is another common phosphate at the Chickering Mine. On the mine dump, it may easily be mistaken for feldspar, but lacks feldspar's cleavage. A grain of montebrasite easily fuses in a tourch flame, while feldspar does not. After heating, the fused areas are fluorescent bright-white in both long and short wave UV. EDS analysis required to distinguish montebrasite from amblygonite.
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MONTEBRASITE    3.5 cm chunk of massive montebrasite.     TM      Photo: MON_1   [tm]
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MONTEBRASITE   Small grain of massive montebrasite, before and after heating in tourch. Note melting right edge.     TM      Photo: MON_2   [tm]
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MONTEBRASITE     1.5 mm clear montebrasite crystal    BJ      Photo: MON_4   [tm]
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MONTEBRASITE     0.4 mm clear montebrasite crystal, BJ14 EDS analysis    BJ      Photo: MON_3   [tm]