Chemical Formula: Zn2(AsO4)(OH)
Locality: Ojuela mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Name Origin: Named as the dimorph of adamite.
Paradamite is dimorphous with a famous arsenic mineral, namely adamite. Dimorphous means that the two minerals have the same formula, but different structures (di means two; morphous means shape). Paradamite’s different structure produces only slight differences in physical properties. Most obvious however is the difference in crystal forms. Adamite’s typical form is wedge shaped prismatic crystals with diamond-shaped cross-sections. Paradamite’s form is more tabular in character and very different from adamite’s. Although their names are similar and their chemistry is the same; paradamite and adamite are absolutely distinct minerals.
Optical and misc. Properties:Transparent
Refractive Index: from 1,72 to 1,78
Axial angle 2V : 50°
Color : pale yellow
Transparency: Crystals are transparent to translucent.
Crystal System: triclinic; bar 1.
Crystal Habits include rounded tabular crystals, usually aggregated.
Specific Gravity: approximately 4.5 – 4.6 (heavy for translucent minerals)