Alarsite (AlAsO4) is an aluminium arsenate mineral with its name derived from its composition: aluminium and arsenate. 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 crystals found at Tolbachik
|Crystal class||aluminium arsenate|
|Space group||P3121 (no. 152) or P3221 (no. 154)|
|Colour||colorless with pale yellow tints|
|Mohs scale hardness||5-5.5|
|Refractive index||nω = 1.596 and nε = 1.608.|
It was reported from fumaroles in the Tolbachik volcano, Kamchatka, Far Eastern Region, Russia. It occurs in association with fedotovite, klyuchevskite, lammerite, nabokoite, atlasovite, langbeinite, hematite and tenorite.
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