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Parachrysotile Mineral Data

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General Parachrysotile Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Mg3Si2O5(OH)4
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 277.11 gm
   Magnesium  26.31 %  Mg   43.63 % MgO
   Silicon    20.27 %  Si   43.36 % SiO2
   Hydrogen    1.45 %  H    13.00 % H2O
   Oxygen     51.96 %  O
             ______        ______ 
             100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Mg3Si2O5(OH)4
Help on Environment: Environment: Metamorphosed and hydrothermally-altered ultra-basic rocks. Parachrysotile (1956) is now regarded as polytype of chrysotile.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Discredited IMA 2006 - Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1951
Help on Locality: Locality: Asbestos, Quebec, Canada. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for the crystal structure and the relationship to chrysotile which is from the Greek chrysos - "gold" and tilos - "fiber."
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Parachrysotile + Pronunciation Say PARACHRYSOTILE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: Amianthus
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