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Acetamide – Occurrence, Properties, and Distribution

Acetamide was named for the chemical compound it stands for - acetic acid amide. Acetamide is the common short name of this compound. It was discovered in 1974. [More]

Adamite – Occurrence, Properties, and Distribution

Adamite was named after Gilbert-Joseph Adam, a French mineralogist, who provided the first specimens. It is a zinc arsenate hydroxide mineral. [More]

Acuminite – Occurrence, Properties, and Distribution

The term acuminite was coined from the Latin word acuminis, meaning sharp point, for spear head, to denote the characteristic shape of the crystals in the mineral. It is an aluminum complex salt. [More]

Adelite – Occurrence, Properties, and Distribution

Adelite was named after a Greek word for indistinct, due to the fact that the mineral lacks transparency. [More]

Barberiite – Occurrence, Properties, and Distribution

Barberiite has been named after Franco Barberi, Professor of Volcanology at the University of Pisa, Italy. He was instrumental in promoting studies of the Vulcano Island. It is stable only at ground temperatures, ranging from 200-600°C (392-1112°F). It decomposes in humid conditions. [More]

Adamsite - (y) – Occurrence, Properties, and Distribution

Adamsite-(y) was named after Frank Dawson Adams, a professor of geology at the McGill University. This mineral has a Mohs scale rating of 3. [More]

Admontite – Occurrence, Properties, and Distribution

Admontite was named after Admont, Austria, the place where the mineral was initially discovered, near the original locality. [More]

Aegirine – Occurrence, Properties, and Distribution

Aegirine was named after Aegir, the Scandinavian sea-god in the Norse mythology by by a vicar and mineralogist H.M.T. Esmark, who found the mineral at Laven, Langesundsfjorden in 1834. This mineral belongs to the pyroxene group. [More]

Aenigmatite – Occurrence, Properties, and Distribution

Aenigmatite was named after the Greek word for riddle as an allusion to its (formerly) uncertain chemical composition. [More]

Aerugite – Occurrence, Properties, and Distribution

Aerugite was named by Gilbert-Joseph Adam in 1869 from the Greek word 'aerugo', which means 'copper rust', in allusion to its appearance. [More]
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