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Biotite specimens for sale

Biotite is a silicate mineral of the mica family. It is a common rock-forming mineral and is found associated with muscovite, feldspar, and quartz. Biotite is found in all  rock types igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary and is commonly found everywhere. 

The mica group is characterized by the layered structure of iron magnesium aluminum silicate sheets. The sheets of Biotite are connected through weak bonding of potassium ion layers.

This allows for the perfect cleavage that produces thin sheets of the iron magnesium aluminum silicate in Biotite. The perfect cleavage of the mica group minerals makes fracture less easily observed. Mica group minerals have an uneven fracture characteristic.

Biotite is black to brown in color, but it can be difficult to distinguish it from other metamorphic rock such as phlogopite, another brown, silicate mica.

These two minerals can range in color from dark brown or black, often with a greenish tint. The one distinction is that Biotite can occur with a reddish tint because of the higher iron content in Biotite.

Pholgopite is iron poor so does not exhibit the red coloration. The challenge to distinguish Biotite from Phlogopite is a good demonstration of why color is an unreliable basis for identification of minerals.

Mineral Properties of Biotite
Chemical formula:
Color(s): Brown to black
Streak: colorless
Luster: vitreous to pearly
Transparency: transparent, translucent, opaque
Crystal system: monoclinic
Specific Gravity: 2.8
Hardness (Mohs): 2.5 - 3
Cleavage: perfect
Fracture: uneven
Location: Biotite is found in many rocks around the world. Noteable deposits are found in Evje, Norway; Bessnes, France; Uluguru mountains in Tanzania; Ontario, Canada; and Laacher See, Germany.

Metaphysical Properties of Biotite

Like other members of the mica family biotite helps us relect on the many layers of human nature. It is a good stone for seeing the many layers of complex issues.

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