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Archive for November, 2009

Betafite

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The chemical formula of mineral Betafite is indicated by  (Ca,Na,U)2(Ti,Nb,Ta)2O6(OH,F) or Calcium Sodium Uranium Titanium Niobium Tantalum Oxide Hydroxide Fluoride. Betafite actually belongs to the Oxides and Hydroxides mineral class. Betafite mineral is also a member of the Pyrochlore group. Mineral Betafite was first discovered in the year 1912 at Ambolotara, Betafo Department, Antananarivo Province, […]

Berlinite

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The chemical formula of mineral Berlinite is indicated by the formula AlPO4 or Aluminum Phosphate. This is a rhombic crystal made of sodium phosphate and aluminum salt. Berlinite is actually a Phosphate mineral. Berlinite is considered as a rare phosphate mineral. Berlinite was named in honor of Professor Nils Johan Berlin (1812-1819), a pharmacologist in […]

Bastnasite

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The chemical formula of mineral Bastnasite is indicated by (Ce,La,Y)CO3F, Cerium Lanthanum Yttrium Carbonate Fluoride. Bastnasite is actually a Carbonate mineral. Bastnasite chemical structure is usually made up of stacks of carbonate ion layers and CeF layers. It can be found that the CeF layers actually form flat hexagonal sheets with an obvious bonding of […]

Analcime

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The chemical formula of mineral Analcime is indicated by NaAlSi2O6-H2O or Hydrated Sodium Aluminum Silicate. Analcime is actually a Silicate mineral. Its name originated from the Greek word an alkimos, which means not strong. This is relative to its weak pyroelectricity. An interesting mineral known as Analcime is very popular. It has a unique crystal […]

Allanite

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The chemical formula of mineral Allanite is indicated by (Ca, Ce, La, Y)2(Al, Fe)3(SiO4)3(OH), a Calcium Cerium Lanthanum Yttrium Aluminum Iron Silicate Hydroxide. Allanite is actually a Silicate mineral. It was discovered in the year 1880 in Aluk Island, Greenland. It was named Allanite in honor to the Scottish mineralogist Thomas Allan (1777-1833). Some authors […]

Aeschynite

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The chemical formula of the mineral Aeschynite is indicated by (Y,Ca,Fe,Th)(Ti,Nb)2(O,OH)6, an Yttrium Calcium Iron Thorium Titanium Niobium Oxide Hydroxide. This Aeschynite belongs to the Oxides and Hydroxides mineral class. Aeschynite is synonymous to priote and blomstrandine. This mineral Aeschynite belongs to the group called Rare Earth Oxides. Those elements not used by other minerals […]

Aegirine

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The chemical formula of mineral Aegirine is indicated by NaFe(Si)2(O)6 or Sodium Iron Silicate. Aegirine is actually a Silicate mineral. The name of the mineral is of Greek origin. The alternate name Acmite was derived from a Greek word akme, meaning point. This is relative to the crystal shape of the mineral. The name Aegirine […]

Zippeite

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

The chemical formula of mineral Zippeite is indicated by the formula K4(UO2)6(SO4)3OH10 – 4H2O or Hydrated Potassium Uranyl Sulfate Hydroxide. Zippeite is actually a Sulfate mineral. It is considered as a minor ore of uranium and it is also most commonly used as mineral specimen. Zippeite is actually a rare mineral that is usually sought […]

Zinnwaldite

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

The chemical formula of mineral Zinnwaldite is indicated by KLiFeAl(AlSi3)O10(OH,F)2 or Potassium lithium iron aluminum silicate hydroxide fluoride. Zinnwaldite is actually a Silicate mineral. Zinnwaldite is most commonly used as mineral specimen and it has also limited use as electrical and heat insulator for industrial purposes. Zinnwaldite is usually found darker in color than typical […]

Varieties of Beryl

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

The chemical formula of  mineral Beryl is indicated by Be3Al2(SiO3)6 or Beryllium Aluminum Silicate. Beryl is actually a Silicate mineral. The Silicates is considered as the largest and the most complicated class of minerals. They are also the most interesting mineral class comprising wonderful and attractive mineral specimens, which are exhibiting splendid microscope views in […]

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