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Zircon Mineral Data

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General Zircon Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: ZrSiO4
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 190.31 gm
   La,Ce,Pr,Nd,Sm,   3.78 %  RE    4.41 % REE2O3
   Hafnium           4.69 %  Hf    5.53 % HfO2
   Zirconium        43.14 %  Zr   58.27 % ZrO2
   Silicon          14.76 %  Si   31.57 % SiO2
   Oxygen           33.63 %  O
                   ______        ______ 
                   100.00 %       99.79 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Zr0.9Hf0.05REE0.05SiO4
Help on Environment: Environment: Magmatic, metamorphic, pegmatitic, and alluvial rocks. Zicons are commonly slightly radioactive due to trace amounts of uranium and make prime, geochron age indicators.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) Prehistoric
Help on Locality: Locality: Laacher See, Niedermendig, Germany. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named from its containing the element, zirconium; which was named from the Persian, zar "gold" and gun = "like" which translates "like gold".
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Zircon Say ZIRCON
Help on Synonym: Synonym: Cyrtolite - High U and metamict
  Hyacinth - orange red
  ICSD 71943
  Jarcon - colorless
  Kochelite - mixture of fergusonite-(Y) and zircon
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