Microlite (Na,Ca)2Ta2O6(O,OH,F) Isometric

Description: Microlite is a rare mineral that forms equant to irregular pale yellow, brown, red or green grains in complex granite pegmatites.

FLORENCE COUNTY: Microlite occurs with lepidolite and many other minerals in the Animikie Red Ace complex pegmatite in sec. 22 T. 39N. R.17E. near the Pine River. (Falster, et. al., 1995).

MARATHON COUNTY: Crude brown crystals of microlite up to 2 mm across are found in the pegmatites of Wausau Pluton. (Falster, 1981). Microlite has been noted at the Koss Pit (SW sec. 2 T27N R.5E), the Red Rock Granite North Pit (along Spring Brook Road), the Ladick Quarry (sec. 19 and 20 T. 27N. R.6E.) and the Wimmer #3 pit (NW sec. 19 T.28N R7E) (Buchholz and Simons, 2002, Buchholz et. al., 2004).

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