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Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Baddeleyite was first discovered by Joseph Baddeley in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1890. This mineral is of great economic importance. The shiny black crystals are found in a fairly rare zirconium-bearing mineral.

Distribution: A dolomite south of Luderitz contains some baddeleyite crystals.

Composition: Oxide.

Crystal system: Monoclinic.

Lustre: Vitreous/greasy.

Streak: White to white/brown.

Hardness: 6.5.


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