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Bobierrite Mineral Data

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General Bobierrite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Mg3(PO4)2•8(H2O)
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 406.98 gm
   Magnesium   17.92 %  Mg   29.71 % MgO
   Phosphorus  15.22 %  P    34.88 % P2O5
   Hydrogen     3.96 %  H    35.41 % H2O
   Oxygen      62.90 %  O
              ______        ______ 
              100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Mg3(PO4)2•8(H2O)
Help on Environment: Environment: Formed from the chemical alteration of guano deposits (Mejillones, Chile; Imperial Canyon lava tubes, Kenya), and an elephant tusk (Edgerton, Minnesota, USA).
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1868
Help on Locality: Locality: Found on Mejillones Island, Chile. In Western Australia, found in the Pilbara district, at Wodgina. From Marlborough, New Zealand. In the USA, sound near Edgerton, Pipestone Co., Minne Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: In honor of Pierre Adolphe Bobierre (1823-1881), French agricultural chemist, who first described the mineral.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Bobierrite + Pronunciation Say BOBIERRITE