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Caracolite Mineral Data

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General Caracolite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Na3Pb2(SO4)3Cl
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 807.01 gm
   Sodium     8.55 %  Na   11.52 % Na2O
   Lead      51.35 %  Pb   55.31 % PbO
   Sulfur    11.92 %  S    29.76 % SO3
   Chlorine   4.39 %  Cl    4.39 % Cl
               -   %   Cl   -0.99 % -O=Cl2   
   Oxygen    23.79 %  O
            ______        ______ 
            100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Na3Pb2(SO4)3Cl
Help on Environment: Environment: Secondary mineral in the oxidized zone of chlorine-rich lead deposits.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1886
Help on Locality: Locality: Beatriz, Herminia, Santa Ana, and San Rafael mines, Sierra Gorda district, southwest of Calama, Antofagasta, Chile. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Caracoles, a town near the Beatriz mine, Chile.