Alarsite

Alarsite (AlAsO4) is an aluminium arsenate mineral with its name derived from its composition: aluminium and arsenate.[1] It occurs as brittle subhedral grains which exhibit trigonal symmetry. It has a Mohs hardness of 5-5.5 and a specific gravity of 3.32. It is semitransparent, colorless with pale yellow tints and shows a vitreous luster. It is optically uniaxial (+) with refractive indices of nω = 1.596 and nε = 1.608.

Alarsite
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Alarsite crystals found at Tolbachik
General
CategoryMineral
Crystal classaluminium arsenate
Space grouptrigonal
Identification
Colourcolorless with pale yellow tints
Mohs scale hardness5-5.5
Lustervitreous luster
Specific gravity3.32.
Refractive indexnω = 1.596 and nε = 1.608.

It was reported from fumaroles in the Tolbachik volcano, Kamchatka, Far Eastern Region, Russia.[2][3] It occurs in association with fedotovite, klyuchevskite, lammerite, nabokoite, atlasovite, langbeinite, hematite and tenorite.[1]

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