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Satin Spar

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Name:In allusion to the satiny luster and its original identity as a spar mineral.

A fibrous variety of Gypsum or Calcite and Aragonite.

The name originally referred to a variety of Calcite found in "Cumberland, England", but the name was eventually used to cover varieties of Aragonite and Gypsum too, so this name is best used as an adjective in conjunction with a mineral name rather than as a specific variety name of its own - see Satin Spar Gypsum and Satin Spar Calcite.

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Classification of Satin Spar

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Physical Properties of Satin Spar

Diaphaneity (Transparency):Translucent

Other Names for Satin Spar

Atlas SparSeidenspatSericolite
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Other Information

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 Satin Spar

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Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: Halides, Nitrates, Borates, Carbonates, Sulfates, Phosphates, Arsenates, Tungstates, Molybdates, Etc. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 153.

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