Catapleiite is dimorphous with the mineral Gaidonnayite that exhibits a monoclinic crystal system. Gaidonnayite and Catapleiite have the same chemistry but different structures. It is a rare mineral with a specific gravity of 2.65 - 2.9.
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Catapleiite is an extremely rare Zirconium mineral that is composed of hydrous silicate of sodium, calcium, and zirconium. It is quite famous among mineral collectors because of its rarity, beauty, class locality, and unusual chemistry.
These minerals are mostly found in association with other minerals like - zircon, leucophanite, rinkite, eudialyte, epididymite, lavenite, astrophyllite, sodalite, natrolite, analcime, and aegirine.
Catapleiite was first described for an occurrence in Låven (Skådön; Lamö; Lamanskjaer), Langesundsfjorden, Larvik, Vestfold, Norway. The name "Catapleiite" was derived from the Greek word "Kata" and "Pleion" which means "With" and "More" respectively. This name was given for its relation with many other rare minerals.
Most of the Catapleiite occurs as a thin tabular yellow or yellowish-brown crystals. It commonly occurs in pegmatite after the alteration of eudialyte and in syenites and nepheline syenites.
The chemical formula of Catapleiite is Na2Zr(Si3O9) · 2H2O. It has a hardness of 5.5-6 according to the Mohs scale.
Catapleiite has no type of its own.
The price of Catapleiite can vary from $10 to $50 according to its quality.
Catapleiite is only used as a mineral specimen.
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