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Archive for the 'The Silicates Mineral Class' Category

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 name of the mineral species Beryl is derived from the Greek word beryllo, which means precious blue green color of seawater. Beryl has been considered as gemstone since prehistoric times. Beryl minerals are commonly […]

Actinolite

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

The chemical of the mineral Actinolite is indicated Ca?(Mg Fe)5(Si)8(O)22(OH)2, a Calcium Magnesium Iron Silicate Hydroxide. Actinolite is actually a Silicate mineral. The name of the mineral species 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 […]

Wollastonite

Friday, October 30th, 2009

The chemical formula of mineral Wollastonite is indicated by CaSiO3 or Calcium Silicate. Wollastonite is actually a Silicate mineral. It is most commonly used in ceramics, as paint filler and it is also most commonly used as mineral specimen. Wollastonite is usually found showing fascinating microscope appearance when viewed with the aid of polarized microscopes […]

Willemite

Friday, October 30th, 2009

The chemical formula of mineral Willemite is indicated by Zn2SiO4 or Zinc Silicate. Willemite is actually a Silicate mineral. It is considered as a minor ore of zinc and it is also used as mineral specimen. Willemite is somewhat rare zinc mineral but it was found with great abundance at Franklin New Jersey. Despite the […]

Yuksporite

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The chemical formula of mineral Yuksporite is indicated by (K, Ba)NaCa2(Si, Ti)4O11(F,OH) – H2O or Hydrated Potassium Barium Sodium Calcium Titanium Silicate Fluoride Hydroxide. Yuksporite is actually a Silicate mineral. It is most commonly used as a mineral specimen. Yuksporite is actually a rare and unusually named mineral. It is named for the Yukspor Mountains […]

Xonotlite

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The chemical formula of Xonotlite is indicated by Ca6Si6O17(OH)2 or Calcium Silicate Hydroxide. Xonotlite is actually a Silicate mineral. It is only used as mineral specimen and is most often found showing nice and interesting microscope images when viewed with the aid of polarizing light microscopes used in optical mineralogy. Xonotlite is only used as […]

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