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M Mineral Index (492 Count)

This alphabetical listing of M minerals include synonyms of accepted mineral names, pronunciation of that name, name origins, and locality information.

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Matsubaraite View Matsubaraite Image  Sr4TiTi4Si4O22 Approved IMA 2002 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named after Satoshi Matsubara, specialist for strontium minerals in the National Science Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
Mattagamite Say Mattagamite  View Mattagamite Image  CoTe2 Approved IMA 1973
NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Mattagami Lake mines, Mattagami, Galinee Township, Abitibi Co., Québec, Canada.
Matteuccite Say Matteuccite   NaHSO4·(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1952
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Vittorio Matteucci (1862-1909), Director of the Vesuvius Laboratory, Vesuvius, Italy.
Mattheddleite Say Mattheddleite  View Mattheddleite Image  Pb20(SiO4)7(SO4)4Cl4 Approved IMA 1987
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Matthew Forster Heddle (1828-1897), Scottish mineralogist.
Matulaite Say Matulaite  View Matulaite Image CaAl18(PO4)12(OH)20·28(H2O) Approved IMA 1980
NAME ORIGIN: Margaret Mary Matula (1925- ), Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, who supplied some of the first specimens.
Matveevite  KTiMn2Fe+++2(PO4)4(OH)3·15(H2O) Discredited IMA 2006 - Approved IMA 1991
NAME ORIGIN: Named in 1986 for K. K. Matveev (1875-1954).
Maucherite Say Maucherite  View Maucherite Images Gallery  Ni11As8 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1913
NAME ORIGIN: Named for William Maucher (1879-1930), mineral dealer of Munich, Germany.
Maufite - See Lizardite
REMARKS: Interstratified clinochlore-lizardite
Maufite - See Clinochlore
REMARKS: Interstratified clinochlore-lizardite
Maufite Say Maufite (Mg,Ni)Al4Si3O13·4(H2O) (?) Discredited IMA 2006 - Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1930
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Herbert Brantwood Maufe (1879-1976), director of the Geological Service of Rhodesia
Mavlyanovite  Mn5Si3 Proposed IMA 2008 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Gani Mavlyanov (1910-1988), Uzbek geologist and seismologist.
Mawbyite Say Mawbyite  View Mawbyite Image  Pb(Fe+++Zn)2(AsO4)2(OH,H2O)2 Approved IMA 1989
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Sir Maurice Alan Edgar Mawby (1904-1977), for his contribution to the Australian mining industry.
Mawsonite Say Mawsonite  View Mawsonite Images Gallery  Cu+6Fe+++2Sn++++S8 Approved IMA 1965
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Douglas Mawson (1882-1958), Australian geologist and Antarctic explorer.
Maxwellite Say Maxwellite  View Maxwellite Image  NaFe+++(AsO4)F Approved IMA 1991
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Charles Henry Maxwell (1923-), U. S. Geological Survey.
Mayakite - See Majakite
Mayenite Say Mayenite  View Mayenite Image  Ca12Al14O33 Approved IMA 1964
NAME ORIGIN: Named after the locality LOCALITY: Ettringer, Bellerberg, Mayen, Eifel, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany
Mayingite Say Mayingite IrBiTe Approved IMA 1995
NAME ORIGIN: Named after its locality. LOCALITY: Near the village of Maying, about 230 km NNE of Beijing, People's Republic of China.
Mazzettiite View Mazzettiite Image Ag3HgPbSbTe5 Approved IMA 2004 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Giuseppe Mazzetti (1942–2003), curator in chief of the Mineralogy Section of the Museo di Storia Naturale, Università di Firenze.
Mazzite-Mg Say Mazzite-Mg  View Mazzite-Mg Image  K2CaMg2(Al,Si)36O72·28(H2O) Approved IMA 1974
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Prof. Fiorenzo Mazzi, mineralogist, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.
Mazzite-Na Say Mazzite-Na  View Mazzite-Na Image   Na8Al8Si28O72·30H2O Approved IMA 2003 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named as the Na-dominat analogue of mazzite(-K).
Mbobomkulite Say Mbobomkulite  View Mbobomkulite Image (Ni,Cu)Al4(NO3,SO4)2(OH)12·3(H2O) Approved IMA 1980
NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Mbobo Mkulu cave, Nelspruit district, South Africa.
Mboziite - See Taramite
Mcallisterite Say Mcallisterite  View Mcallisterite Image Mg2B12O14(OH)12·9(H2O) Approved IMA 1965
NAME ORIGIN: Named for James Franklin McAllister (1911-2000), geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, USA, who collected the originally described material.
Mcalpineite Say Mcalpineite  View Mcalpineite Image Cu++3Te++++++O6·(H2O) Approved IMA 1994
NAME ORIGIN: For the mine at the type locality. LOCALITY: McAlpine mine, Tuolumne County, California, USA.
Mcauslanite Say Mcauslanite HFe++3Al2(PO4)4F·18(H2O) Approved IMA 1988
NAME ORIGIN: Named for David A. McAuslan, exploration manager, Shell Canada Resources LTD., who discovered the locality. LOCALITY: East Kemptville tin mine, Yarmouth County, NS, Canada.
Mcbirneyite Say Mcbirneyite   Cu3(VO4)2 Approved IMA 1984
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Alexander Robert McBirney (1924-), Volcanologist, University of Oregon, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.
Mcconnellite Say Mcconnellite CuCrO2 Approved IMA 1976
NAME ORIGIN: Named for R. B. McConnell (1903-1986), British geologist.
Mccrillisite Say Mccrillisite NaCs(Be,Li)Zr2(PO4)4·1-2(H2O) Approved IMA 1992
NAME ORIGIN: In honor of the late Dean McCrillis and his son, Philip.
Mcgillite Say Mcgillite  View Mcgillite Image (Mn,Fe++)8Si6O15(OH)8Cl2 Approved IMA 1980
NAME ORIGIN: Named for McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Mcgovernite Say Mcgovernite  View Mcgovernite Image Mn9Mg4Zn2As2Si2O17(OH)14 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1927
NAME ORIGIN: Named for J. J. McGovern (1915-), Franklin miner and mineral collector.
Mcguinnessite Say Mcguinnessite  View Mcguinnessite Image (Mg,Cu)2(CO3)(OH)2 Approved IMA 1981
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Albert L. McGuinness (1926-1990), mineral dealer, San Mateo, California, USA>
Mckelveyite-(Nd) Say Mckelveyite-(Nd)   (Ba,Sr)(Ca,Na,Nd,REE)(CO3)2·3-10(H2O) Not Approved IMA 1993
NAME ORIGIN: Named after Vincent E. McKelvey, 1916-1985), director of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Mckelveyite-(Y) Say Mckelveyite-(Y)  View Mckelveyite-(Y) Image   NaCa(Ba,Sr)3(Y,REE)(CO3)6·3(H2O) Approved IMA 1965
NAME ORIGIN: Named after Vincent E. McKelvey, 1916-1985), director of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Mckelveyite-(Y) - See Mackelveyite-(Y)
Mckelveyite-(Y)-2M - See Mckelveyite-(Y)
Mckinstryite Say Mckinstryite  View Mckinstryite Image (Ag,Cu)2S Approved IMA 1966
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Hugh E. McKinstry (1896-1961), U. S. Economic geologist.
Mcnearite Say Mcnearite  View Mcnearite Image NaCa5H4(AsO4)5·4(H2O) Approved IMA 1981
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Elizabeth McNear, mineralogist and crystallographer, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Medaite Say Medaite  View Medaite Image  (Mn,Ca)6(V+++++,As)Si5O18(OH) Approved IMA 1980
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Dr. Francesco Meda (1926-1977), an amateur mineralogist from Turin, Italy.
Medenbachite Say Medenbachite  View Medenbachite Image View Medenbachite Form  Bi2Fe+++(Cu,Fe+++)(O,OH)2(OH)2(AsO4)2 Approved IMA 1993 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Dr. Olaf Medenbach (1949-) of the University of Bochum, Germany.
Meerschaum - See Sepiolite
Megacyclite Say Megacyclite    Na8KSi9O18(OH)9·19(H2O) Approved IMA 1993
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek for large and cyclical, with reference to the large ringlike groups of silica tetrahedra in the structure.
Megakalsilite   KAlSiO4 Approved IMA 2002 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named to reflect the large (MEGA) unit cell relative to kalsilite.
Meionite Say Meionite  View Meionite Image View Meionite Form  Ca4Al6Si6O24CO3 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1801
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek for "less", referring to its less acute pyramidal form compared with vesuvianite.
Meixnerite Say Meixnerite  View Meixnerite Image Mg6Al2(OH)18·4(H2O) Approved IMA 1975
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Heinrich Herman Meixner (1908-1981), Austrian mineralogist.
Melaconite - See Tenorite
Melanite - See Andradite
REMARKS: Black colored andradite
Melanocerite-(Ce) Say Melanocerite-(Ce)  View Melanocerite-(Ce) Image  (Ce,Th,Ca)5(Si,B)3O12(OH,F)·n(H2O) (?) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1887
NAME ORIGIN: Named from the Greek meaning "black" and the composition (Cerium).
Melanochalcite - See Tenorite
Melanophlogite Say Melanophlogite  View Melanophlogite Image  SiO2·n(C,H,O,S) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1876
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek for "black" and "to be burned" in allusion to the fact that some specimens blacken on heating. Low temperature form.
Melanophlogite-alpha - See Melanophlogite
Melanophlogite-beta Say Melanophlogite-beta SiO2·n(C,H,O,S) Not approved IMA (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek for "black" and "to be burned" in allusion to the fact that some specimens blacken on heating. High temperature form.
Melanostibian - See Melanostibite
Melanostibite Say Melanostibite   Mn(Sb+++++,Fe+++)O3 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1892
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek for "black" and antimony (STIBium) in its composition.
Melanotekite Say Melanotekite  View Melanotekite Image  Pb2Fe+++2Si2O9 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1880
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek black and to melt or glass, for the black bead formed under the blowpipe.
Melanothallite Say Melanothallite  View Melanothallite Image  Cu2OCl2 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1870
NAME ORIGIN: Named from the Greek for black and a young shoot, for the mineral’s property of turning green on exposure.
Melanovanadite Say Melanovanadite  View Melanovanadite Image View Melanovanadite Form  CaV++++2V+++++2O10·5(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1921
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek, Melano, "dark" and the composition.
Melanterite Say Melanterite  View Melanterite Image View Melanterite Form  Fe++SO4·7(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1850
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek melas, "black."
Melilite Say Melilite  View Melilite Image  (Ca,Na)2(Al,Mg,Fe++)(Si,Al)2O7 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1796
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek, meli - "honey" and lithos - "stone."
Melinophane - See Meliphanite
Meliphanite Say Meliphanite  View Meliphanite Image  (Ca,Na)2Be[(Si,Al)2O6(F,OH)] Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1852
NAME ORIGIN: Named from the Greek for "honey" and "to appear" in allusion to the color.
Melkovite Say Melkovite CaFe+++H6(MoO4)4(PO4)·6(H2O) Approved IMA 1969
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Vyacheslav Gavrilovich Melkov (1911-1991), Russian mineralogist.
Melliniite View Melliniite Images Gallery  (Ni,Fe)4P Approved IMA 2005 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named in honor of Marcello Mellini, Full Professor of Mineralogy at the University of Siena, in recognition of his contributions to the development of the study of meteorites in Italy.
Mellite Say Mellite  View Mellite Image  Al2[C6(COO)6]·16(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1793
NAME ORIGIN: From the Latin mel - "honey."
Melnikovite - See Greigite
Melonite Say Melonite  View Melonite Image  NiTe2 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1866
NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: Melones and Stanislaus mine, Carson hill, Calaveras County, California, USA.
Melonjosephite Say Melonjosephite CaFe++Fe+++(PO4)2(OH) Approved IMA 1973
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Joseph Melon (1898-1991), Institute of Mineralogy, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium.
Menaccanite - See Ilmenite
Mendeleyevite - See Betafite
Mendipite Say Mendipite  View Mendipite Image  Pb3Cl2O2 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1839
NAME ORIGIN: Named after its locality. LOCALITY: Mendip Hills, Somersetshire, England.
Mendozavilite Say Mendozavilite  View Mendozavilite Images Gallery (Na,Mg)Ca2[Mo++++++8P+++++2Fe+++3O36(OH)]·n(H2O), n~9 Approved IMA 1986
NAME ORIGIN: Named for H. Mendoza Avila, Mexican geologist, who found the mineral.
Mendozite Say Mendozite  View Mendozite Image  NaAl(SO4)2·11(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1868
NAME ORIGIN: Named for the locality. LOCALITY: "San Juan, near Mendoza" [probably meaning Mendoza Province; the original occurrence appears lost.], Argintina.
Meneghinite Say Meneghinite  View Meneghinite Image View Meneghinite Form  Pb13CuSb7S24 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1852
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Giuseppi Meneghini (1811-1889) of Pisa, Italy who first observed the mineral.
Menezesite View Menezesite Images Gallery   Ba2MgZr4(BaNb12O42)·12H2O Approved IMA 2005 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Luiz Alberto Dias Menezes Filho (born 1950), mining engineer, mineral collector, and merchant
Mengxianminite (Ca,Na)3(Fe++,Mn++)2Mg2(Sn++++,Zn)5Al8O29 Not Approved IMA - Published 1986
NAME ORIGIN: Presumably named for the locality. LOCALITY: China, location not mentioned.
Meniaylovite  Ca4AlSi(SO4)F13·12(H2O) Proposed IMA 2002 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification (CNMNC)
Menshikovite View Menshikovite Image Pd3Ni2As3 Approved IMA 2000 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Yurii P. Men'shikov (1934-) of the Geological Institute of the Kola Science Center, Apatity, Russia.
Mercallite Say Mercallite  View Mercallite Image   KHSO4 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1935
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Giuseppe Mercalli (1850-1914), Italian Geologist, director of the Vesuvius Observatory.
Mercury Say Mercury  View Mercury Images Gallery Hg Valid Species (Pre-IMA) Prehistoric
NAME ORIGIN: From the Arabic.
Mereheadite Say Mereheadite  View Mereheadite Image  Pb2O(OH)Cl Approved IMA 1998 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: Named after its locality. LOCALITY: Merehead Quarry, Cranmore, Somerset, England, U.K.
Mereiterite Say Mereiterite    K2Fe++(SO4)2·4(H2O) Approved IMA 1995, Dana # Changed (28.4.3.3)
NAME ORIGIN: For Dr. Kurt Mereiter (1945- ), Technical University of Vienna, Austria.
Merenskyite Say Merenskyite  View Merenskyite Image  (Pd,Pt)(Te,Bi)2 Approved IMA 1966
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Hans Merensky (1871-1952), who was intrumental in the discovery of the "Reef" also named for him.
Meridianiite View Meridianiite Image  MgSO4·11H2O Approved IMA 2007 (Dana # Added)
NAME ORIGIN: The name, meridianiite, was chosen to reflect the locality on Mars where the MER rover Opportunity observed crystal molds in sedimentary rock that are thought to be caused by minerals that have since dehydrated or dissolved. LOCALITY: Venables Valley, 20 km SSW of Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada
Merlinoite Say Merlinoite  View Merlinoite Image   (K,Ca,Na,Ba)7Si23Al9O64·23(H2O) Approved IMA 1977
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Stefano Merlino (1938-), Professor of Crystallography, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
Merrihueite Say Merrihueite  View Merrihueite Image   (K,Na)2(Fe++,Mg)5Si12O30 Approved IMA 1965
NAME ORIGIN: Named for Craig M. Merrihue (?-1965), meteoriticist, of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Merrillite View Merrillite Image  Ca18Na2Mg2(PO4)14 Approved IMA 1977
NAME ORIGIN: Named after George Perkins Merrill (1854-1929), meteorite specialist at U. S. National Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. USA.
Merrillite-(Ca) (Ca,[ ])19Mg2(PO4)14 Not Approved IMA 1977
NAME ORIGIN: Named after George Perkins Merrill (1854-1929), meteorite specialist at U. S. National Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. USA.
Merrillite-Fe - See Ferromerrillite
Merrillite-Na - See Merrillite
Merrillite-(Y) Ca16Y2Mg2(PO4)14 Not Approved IMA 1977
NAME ORIGIN: Named after George Perkins Merrill (1854-1929), meteorite specialist at U. S. National Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. USA.
Mertieite-I Say Mertieite-I Pd11(Sb,As)4 Approved IMA 1973
NAME ORIGIN: Named for John B. Mertie (1888-1980), geologist, U.S. Geological Survey.
Mertieite-II Say Mertieite-II  View Mertieite-II Image Pd8(Sb,As)3 Approved IMA 1973
NAME ORIGIN: Named for John B. Mertie (1888-1980), geologist, U.S. Geological Survey.
Merwinite Say Merwinite  View Merwinite Image  Ca3Mg(SiO4)2 Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1921
NAME ORIGIN: Herbert Eugene Merwin (1878-1963), American mineralogist and petrologist, Carnegie Institute, Washington, D.C., USA.
Mesolite Say Mesolite  View Mesolite Image  Na2Ca2Al6Si9O30·8(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1816
NAME ORIGIN: From the Greek mesos - "middle."
Mesotype - See Natrolite
Messelite Say Messelite  View Messelite Image  Ca2(Fe++,Mn)(PO4)2·2(H2O) Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1889
NAME ORIGIN: Named after its locality. LOCALITY: Messel, Germany.
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