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Archive for December, 2008

Azurite

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Azurite is indicated by Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2 or Copper Carbonate Hydroxide. Azurite is actually a Carbonate mineral. Azurite was first discovered in Chessy les Mines, France in the year 1824. Azurite owes its name from its azure-blue color. Both Azurite and azure are derived via Arabic from the Persian word lazhward, an […]

Augite

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Augite is indicated by (Ca,Na)(Mg,Fe,Al)(Al,Si)2O6 or Calcium Sodium Magnesium Iron Aluminum Silicate. Augite is actually a Silicate mineral. The name Augite is derived from Greek word augites, which means brightness. This is referring to the relatively high luster exhibited by the mineral species Augite in reflected light of geological polarizing […]

Augelite

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Augelite is indicated by Al2PO4(OH)3 or Aluminum Phosphate Hydroxide. Augelite is actually a Phosphate mineral. Augelite is actually not a very well known Phosphate mineral. Augelite derived its name from a Greek word auge, which means bright or luster. This is an allusion to its pearly luster that is exhibited […]

Atacamite

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of Atacamite is indicated by Cu2Cl(OH)3 or Copper Chloride Hydroxide. Atacamite is considered as a comparatively rare copper mineral. Atacamite is actually a Halide mineral. Atacamite derived its name from one of the driest places in the whole world, the Atacama Desert. The Atacamite was given to the mineral species by D. […]

Artinite

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Artinite is indicated by Mg2CO3(OH)2 – 3H2O or Hydrated Magnesium Carbonate Hydroxide. Artinite is actually a Carbonate mineral. Artinite was first discovered in Lombardy, Italy. Its existence was reported in the year 1902. This new mineral specimen was named Artinite in honor to Ettore Artini (1866 – 1928), an Italian […]

Argentite

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Argentite is indicated by Ag2S or Silver Sulfide. Argentite is actually a Sulfide mineral. G. Agricola already mentioned this mineral specie so long ago in the year 1529. Argentite mineral derived its name from a Latin word argentums, which means silver. The symbol Ag for silver was also derived from […]

Anapaite

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Anapaite indicated by Ca2Fe(PO4)2 – 4H2O, a Hydrated Calcium Iron Phosphate. Anapaite actually a Phosphate mineral. The name of the mineral is derived from the locality where it was first discovered. Anapaite was named after Anapa, Taman Peninsula, Russia. Anapaite when viewed with the aid of petrographic polarizing microscope, it […]

Actinolite

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Actinolite is indicated by Ca?(Mg Fe)5(Si)8(O)22(OH)2 or Calcium Magnesium Iron Silicate Hydroxide. Actinolite is actually a Silicate mineral. The name Actinolite is derived from a Greek word Aktinos, which means ray. This is relative to the fibrous nature of the mineral Actinolite, which is commonly exhibiting a nice and interesting […]

Cryolite

Monday, December 15th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Cryolite is indicated by Na3AlF6 or Sodium Aluminum Fluoride. Cryolite is actually a Halide mineral. The name Cryolite is derived from the Greek words kryos, which means frost and lithos, which means stone. It actually signifies ice stone as an allusion to its appearance. Mineral Cryolite was actually first discovered […]

Crocidolite

Monday, December 15th, 2008

The chemical formula of mineral Crocidolite is indicated by Na2(Fe, Mg)3Fe2Si8O22(OH)2 or Sodium Iron Magnesium Silicate Hydroxide. Crocidolite is actually a Silicate mineral. M. H. Klaproth first described mineral Crocidolite in the year 1815 as the blue ironstone Blaueisenetein. And then by the year 1831, J. F. Hausmann gave the name Crocidolite from the Greek […]

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