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First reported in 1903 from the Saline Township meteorite, in which it was apparently included as a single mass that was encountered on drilling into the meteorite. White smoke with pungent garlic odor was emitted from the hole for about 2 hours, with luminescence observed in the bottom of the hole during that time. Qualitative wet chemistry tests performed on the smoke were positive for the presence of phosphorus. These observations are consistent with the presence of native phosphorus, although the mineral itself was not studied directly. Subsequent holes drilled into other parts of the meteorite found no further indications of native phosphorus.
Classification of Phosphorus
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Crystallography of Phosphorus
|Class (H-M):||4 3m - Hextetrahedral|
|Space Group:||I4 3m|
Chemical Properties of Phosphorus
|All elements listed in formula:||P|
Other Names for Phosphorus
|Health Warning:||No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.|
References for Phosphorus
Farrington, O.C. (1903) On the occurrence of free phosphorus in the Saline Township Meteorite. American Journal of Science, 4, #15, 71.
Neuerburg, G.J. (1946) A preliminary note on the exclusively meteoritic minerals. Meteors and Meteorites, p. 250.
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Localities for Phosphorus
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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.
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Locality Updated: Woodsboro, Frederick Co., Maryland, USAFrom Bill Cordua, 13th Dec 2013 02:30:58