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General Catalanoite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Na2H(PO4)• 8(H2O)
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 287.40 gm
   Sodium      16.48 %  Na   22.21 % Na2O
   Phosphorus  10.78 %  P    24.69 % P2O5
   Hydrogen     5.94 %  H    53.09 % H2O
   Oxygen      66.80 %  O
              ______        ______ 
              100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Na2.06H0.94(PO4)•8(H2O)
Help on Environment: Environment: It is an evaporite mineral formed in a desert playa lake.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 2002 (Dana # Added)
Help on Locality: Locality: Laguna de Santa Maria, about 5 km east of the Argentina-Chile border, in the Andean Puna, Los Andes Department, Salta Province, Argentina Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Luciano R. Catalano (1890-1970), well-known Argentine economic geologist and pioneer in the study of Andean salars in the Puna.
Help on Synonym: Synonym: IMA2002-008