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Archive for September, 2008

Bixbyite

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Bixbyite is indicated by (Mn,Fe)2O3 or Manganese Iron Oxide. Bixbyite actually belongs to the Oxides and Hydroxides mineral class. Bixbyite was named after Maynard Bixby, a mineral dealer of Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States. It was Bixby who provided the first specimens of this mineral. Bixbyite was […]

Amblygonite

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Amblygonite is indicated by (Li, Na) AlPO4 (F, OH) or Lithium Sodium Aluminum Phosphate Fluoride Hydroxide. Amblygonite is actually a Phosphate mineral. Amblygonite can be easily confused with Quartz and Albeit and other host rocks members. The name Amblygonite originated from a Greek words amblus which means blunt and gouia […]

Mordenite

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Mordenite is indicated by (Ca,Na2,K2)Al2Si10O24 – 7H2O or Hydrated Calcium Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate. Mordenite is actually a Silicate mineral. Henry How first described mineral Mordenite in 1864 at Morden, Bay of Fundy, Kings Co., Nova Scotia, Canada. The mineral was named after its type of locality, the small community […]

Esperite

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Esperite is indicated by Ca3PbZn4(SiO4) or Calcium Lead Zinc Silicate. Esperite is actually a Silicate mineral. Mineral Esperite was named in honor of Esper F. Larsen Jr, a petrologist and a Professor of Geology in Harvard University. This mineral species Esperite was first discovered at Franklin Mine in Sussez Co., […]

Dufrenite

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Dufrenite is indicated by Fe5(PO4)3(OH)5 – 2H2O or Hydrated Iron Phosphate Hydroxide. Dufrenite is actually a Phosphate mineral. Dufrenite was named after Armand Small Dufrenoy (1792-1857), a French mineralogist and geologists. Mineral Dufrenite is known to crystallize in the monoclinic system. In optical mineralogy, the monoclinic system of crystal formation […]

Calomel

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Calomel is indicated by HgCl or Mercury Chloride. Calomel is actually a Halide mineral. It is also referred to as the mineral horn quicksilver or horn mercury. Before the twentieth century, Calomel was used as a medicine internally for laxation and for disinfection. This mineral species Calomel was actually first […]

Bertrandite

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Bertrandite is indicated by Be4Si2O7(OH)2 or Beryllium Silicate Hydroxide. Bertrandite is actually a Silicate mineral. Mineral species Bertrandite was named after Leon Bertrand (1844-1909), a French mineralogist. It was first discovered in the year 1883 near Nantes, France. Bertrandite is known to crystallize in the orthorhombic system. In optical mineralogy, […]

Altaite

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Altaite is indicated by PbTe or Lead Telluride. Altaite is actually a Sulfide mineral. Mineral Altaite was after the locality where it was first discovered. This mineral was first discovered in Ziryanovsk in Altai Mountains, Siberia in the year 1845. Altaite is known to crystallize in the isometric crystal system. […]

Inesite

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Inesite is indicated by Ca2Mn7Si10O28(OH)2 or Hydrated Calcium Manganese Silicate Hydroxide. Inesite is actually a Silicate mineral. The mineral species Inesite was first described from the Hilfe Gottes Mine in Germany in 1887. The name of Inesite was actually derived from the Greek word ines, which means flesh fibers. This […]

Hornblende

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

The chemical formula of Hornblende is indicated by Ca2(Mg,Fe,Al)5(Al,Si)8O22(OH)2 or Calcium Magnesium Iron Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide. Hornblende is actually a Silicate mineral. Hornblende is also a member of the Amphibole group of minerals. The term Hornblende was derived from the German word horn and blenden, which means to blind or dazzle. The word blende is […]

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