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Fichtelite is a rare white mineral found in fossilized wood from Bavaria. It crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system. It is a cyclic hydrocarbon dimethyl-isopropyl-perhydropenanthrene, C19H34. It is very soft with a Mohs hardness of 1, the same as talc. Its specific gravity is very low at 1.032, just slightly more dense than water.
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It was first described in 1841 and named for the location, Fichtelgebirge, Bavaria, Germany.
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