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Benitoite Mineral Data

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General Benitoite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: BaTiSi3O9
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 413.46 gm
   Barium    33.21 %  Ba   37.08 % BaO
   Titanium  11.58 %  Ti   19.32 % TiO2
   Silicon   20.38 %  Si   43.60 % SiO2
   Oxygen    34.83 %  O
            ______        ______ 
            100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: BaTiSi3O9
Help on Environment: Environment: Compact granular natrolite veins cutting a grayish green fibrous shist interlayered with serpentine.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1907
Help on Locality: Locality: Benitoite Gem mine, head waters of the San Benito river, 1 mile south of Santa Rita Peak, San Benito County, California, USA Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named from its locality.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Benitoite + Pronunciation Say BENITOITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 18100
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