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 (vâr′ĭ-sīt′, văr′-)
A rare, light to dark or bluish green, translucent mineral, Al(PO4)·2H2O, found in aluminum-rich rocks and sometimes used as a semiprecious stone.

[German Variscit, from Medieval Latin Variscia, ancient name for Vogtland, region of Germany where the mineral was discovered.]


(Minerals) a green secondary mineral consisting of hydrated aluminium phosphate
[from Medieval Latin Variscia, the district of Vogtland in Saxony]
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5, Al and Fe phosphates such as variscite and strengite were most stable.
Prehistoric mining tools of the variscite mines of Palazuelo de las Cuevas (Zamora) and Pico Centeno (Huelva).
Chemical and physical weathering, along with a reduction in soil pH from the leaching of basic cations, give rise to the many forms of P secondary minerals, such as the Fe-enriched strengite and the Al-enriched variscite (Lindsay 1979).