A black mineral consisting of hydrated manganese (III) oxide
(MnO[OH]); an ore of manganese. Manganite
forms as low-temperature veins and secondary deposits, and occurs as bundles
of monoclinic system striated prisms, which are often crusts of small crystals.
It is black or gray in color and has a metallic luster. It alters to pyrolusite.
Manganite is found in western Europe, Michigan and California. Hardness
4, relative density 4.3.
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