From its tactile consistency, resembling nasal mucous ("snot" in colloquial english).
Although it resembles a mineral name, this is really a semi-serious term invented in 1986 and used by microbiologists, geologists and cave explorers for organic speleothems - bacterial stalactites and biofilms that excrete sulphuric acid, pH 1 to 0, and play a big role in cave formation, especially in volcanic environments where native sulphur or pyrite are present, but also in limestone caves where a source of sulphur or hydrogen sulphide is present (eg: from gypsum or hydrocarbons), and as a post-mining growth in deep wet mines. Snottites can be composed of anywhere from ten to over 1,000 species of microbes, and may contain native sulphur and gypsum crystals too.
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(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.