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Name:From the Greek word 'ελαιον' ('elaion' = oil), due to its greasy lustre.
A variety of Nepheline

Massive, with oily or greasy luster (Fatstone, Oilstone), grey to green or blue.
Name introduced by Karsten and Klaproth (1809) for a mineral from the the syenite-pegmatite-dykes at Friedrichswärn (= Stavern), Norway, which was later shown to be identical with nepheline. However the name was used as a varietal of nepheline during the 19th century.

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Classification of Elaeolite

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References for Elaeolite

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Karsten, [D.L.G.] and Klaproth, [M.H.] (1809) Mineralogisch-chemische Untersuchung des Elaoliths. Der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin, Magazin für die Neuesten Entdeckungen in der Gesamten Naturkunde. 3, 43-44

Scheerer, Th. (1840) Ueber Eläolith und Nephelin. Annalen der Physik. 125, 359-381

Raade, G. (1996) Minerals originally described from Norway. Including notes on type material. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift. 11, 104 pp. + plates 1-7.

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  • Localities for Elaeolite

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    • Telemark
      • Porsgrunn
        • Langangen
    Brøgger, W.C. (1890): Die Mineralien der Syenitpegmatitgänge der südnorwegischen Augit-und Nephelinsyenite. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie und Mineralogie 16. 663 pp (p.218)
    • Vestfold
      • Larvik
        • Langesundsfjorden
          • Stokkøya (Stokø; Stockö; Stocköe)
    Brøgger, W.C. (1890): Die Mineralien der Syenitpegmatitgänge der südnorwegischen Augit-und Nephelinsyenite. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie und Mineralogie 16. 663 pp + 28 plates
    Klaproth, M.H. (1810):Chemische Untersuchung des Elaeoliths, Beiträge zur chemischen Kenntniss der Mineralkörper, Fünfter Band, Rottmann Berlin, 176-179
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