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Category  Carbonate mineral
Dana classification  16b.1.1.1
Strunz classification  5.DC.05
Crystal system  Orthorhombic
Formula (repeating unit)  Sr(Ce,La)(CO3)2(OH)·H2O
Crystal class  Dipyramidal (mmm) H-M symbol: (2/m 2/m 2/m)

Ancylite is a group of hydrous strontium carbonate minerals containing cerium, lanthanum and minor amounts of other rare earth elements. The composition is Sr(Ce,La)(CO3)2(OH)·H2O with ancylite-Ce enriched in cerium and ancylite-La in lanthanum.

Ancylite was first described in 1899 for an occurrence in the Narsarsuk pegmatite in west Greenland and named from the Greek αυκιλος for curved in reference to its rounded or distorted crystal form.


Ancylite Wikipedia

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