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Western Desert, Egypt

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Locality type:Desert


Western part of the Libyan desert which occupies Egypt west of the Nile (the Egyptian portion is thus called the Western Desert), eastern Libya and northwestern Sudan alongside the Nubian Desert.

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31 valid minerals.

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Detailed Mineral List:

'Albite-Anorthite Series'
Aluminium
Formula: Al
Anhydrite
Formula: CaSO4
Aragonite
Formula: CaCO3
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Bassanite
Formula: CaSO4 · 0.5H2O
Burkeite
Formula: Na6(CO3)(SO4)2
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Celestine
Formula: SrSO4
Chromite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Diamond
Formula: C
Diopside
Formula: CaMgSi2O6
Dolomite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'
'Fulgurite'
Formula: SiO2
Gaylussite
Formula: Na2Ca(CO3)2 · 5H2O
Goethite
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Graphite
Formula: C
Gypsum
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
'H6 chondrite meteorite'
Halite
Formula: NaCl
Localities: Reported from at least 6 localities in this region.
Iron
Formula: Fe
Iron var: Kamacite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)
Lechatelierite
Formula: SiO2
'Libyan Desert Glass'
Mirabilite
Formula: Na2SO4 · 10H2O
Moissanite
Formula: SiC
Nahcolite
Formula: NaHCO3
Northupite
Formula: Na3Mg(CO3)2Cl
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'
Pirssonite
Formula: Na2Ca(CO3)2 · 2H2O
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
'Pyroxene Group'
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Silver
Formula: Ag
Taenite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)
'Tektite'
'Thénardite'
Formula: Na2SO4
Thermonatrite
Formula: Na2CO3 · H2O
Troilite
Formula: FeS
Trona
Formula: Na3H(CO3)2 · 2H2O

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
'Aluminium'1.AA.05Al
'Diamond'1.CB.10aC
'Graphite'1.CB.05aC
'Iron'1.AE.05Fe
var: Kamacite1.AE.05(Fe,Ni)
Moissanite1.DA.SiC
Silver1.AA.05Ag
Taenite1.AE.10(Fe,Ni)
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Troilite2.CC.10FeS
Group 3 - Halides
'Halite'3.AA.20NaCl
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
'Chromite'4.BB.05Fe2+Cr3+2O4
'Goethite'4.00.α-Fe3+O(OH)
Lechatelierite4.DA.30SiO2
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
'Aragonite'5.AB.15CaCO3
'Calcite'5.AB.05CaCO3
'Dolomite'5.AB.10CaMg(CO3)2
'Gaylussite'5.CB.35Na2Ca(CO3)2 · 5H2O
Nahcolite5.AA.15NaHCO3
Northupite5.BF.05Na3Mg(CO3)2Cl
Pirssonite5.CB.30Na2Ca(CO3)2 · 2H2O
Thermonatrite5.CB.05Na2CO3 · H2O
Trona5.CB.15Na3H(CO3)2 · 2H2O
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
'Anhydrite'7.AD.30CaSO4
'Baryte'7.AD.35BaSO4
'Bassanite'7.CD.45CaSO4 · 0.5H2O
'Burkeite'7.BD.25Na6(CO3)(SO4)2
'Celestine'7.AD.35SrSO4
'Gypsum'7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Mirabilite7.CD.10Na2SO4 · 10H2O
Thénardite7.AC.25Na2SO4
Group 9 - Silicates
'Diopside'9.DA.15CaMgSi2O6
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Fulgurite'-SiO2
'H6 chondrite meteorite'-
Libyan Desert Glass-
Orthopyroxene Subgroup-
Pyroxene Group-
Tektite-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Aluminium1.1.1.5Al
Iron
var: Kamacite
1.1.11.1(Fe,Ni)
Silver1.1.1.2Ag
Taenite1.1.11.2(Fe,Ni)
Semi-metals and non-metals
Diamond1.3.6.1C
Graphite1.3.6.2C
Moissanite1.3.8.1SiC
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Troilite2.8.9.1FeS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Goethite6.1.1.2α-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Chromite7.2.3.3Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX
Halite9.1.1.1NaCl
Group 13 - ACID CARBONATES
Miscellaneous
Nahcolite13.1.1.1NaHCO3
Trona13.1.4.1Na3H(CO3)2 · 2H2O
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
AB(XO3)2
Dolomite14.2.1.1CaMg(CO3)2
Group 15 - HYDRATED NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)·xH2O
Thermonatrite15.1.1.1Na2CO3 · H2O
AmBn(XO3)p·xH2O, with (m+n):p > 1:1
Gaylussite15.2.2.1Na2Ca(CO3)2 · 5H2O
Pirssonite15.2.1.1Na2Ca(CO3)2 · 2H2O
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Northupite16a.3.9.1Na3Mg(CO3)2Cl
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
A2XO4
'Thénardite'28.2.3.1Na2SO4
AXO4
Anhydrite28.3.2.1CaSO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Celestine28.3.1.2SrSO4
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
A2XO4·xH2O
Mirabilite29.2.2.1Na2SO4 · 10H2O
AXO4·xH2O
Bassanite29.6.1.1CaSO4 · 0.5H2O
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Group 32 - COMPOUND SULFATES
Anhydrous Compound Sulfates
Burkeite32.1.1.1Na6(CO3)(SO4)2
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=2
Diopside65.1.3a.1CaMgSi2O6
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
Aragonite-CaCO3
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Fulgurite'-SiO2
'H6 chondrite meteorite'-
Iron-Fe
Lechatelierite-SiO2
'Libyan Desert Glass'-
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'-
'Pyroxene Group'-
'Tektite'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H BassaniteCaSO4 · 0.5H2O
H GaylussiteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 5H2O
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
H MirabiliteNa2SO4 · 10H2O
H NahcoliteNaHCO3
H PirssoniteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 2H2O
H ThermonatriteNa2CO3 · H2O
H TronaNa3H(CO3)2 · 2H2O
CCarbon
C AragoniteCaCO3
C BurkeiteNa6(CO3)(SO4)2
C CalciteCaCO3
C DiamondC
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
C GaylussiteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 5H2O
C GraphiteC
C MoissaniteSiC
C NahcoliteNaHCO3
C NorthupiteNa3Mg(CO3)2Cl
C PirssoniteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 2H2O
C ThermonatriteNa2CO3 · H2O
C TronaNa3H(CO3)2 · 2H2O
OOxygen
O AnhydriteCaSO4
O AragoniteCaCO3
O BaryteBaSO4
O BassaniteCaSO4 · 0.5H2O
O BurkeiteNa6(CO3)(SO4)2
O CalciteCaCO3
O CelestineSrSO4
O ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
O DiopsideCaMgSi2O6
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O FulguriteSiO2
O GaylussiteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 5H2O
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O LechatelieriteSiO2
O MirabiliteNa2SO4 · 10H2O
O NahcoliteNaHCO3
O NorthupiteNa3Mg(CO3)2Cl
O PirssoniteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 2H2O
O QuartzSiO2
O ThénarditeNa2SO4
O ThermonatriteNa2CO3 · H2O
O TronaNa3H(CO3)2 · 2H2O
NaSodium
Na BurkeiteNa6(CO3)(SO4)2
Na GaylussiteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 5H2O
Na HaliteNaCl
Na MirabiliteNa2SO4 · 10H2O
Na NahcoliteNaHCO3
Na NorthupiteNa3Mg(CO3)2Cl
Na PirssoniteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 2H2O
Na ThénarditeNa2SO4
Na ThermonatriteNa2CO3 · H2O
Na TronaNa3H(CO3)2 · 2H2O
MgMagnesium
Mg DiopsideCaMgSi2O6
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Mg NorthupiteNa3Mg(CO3)2Cl
AlAluminium
Al AluminiumAl
SiSilicon
Si DiopsideCaMgSi2O6
Si FulguriteSiO2
Si LechatelieriteSiO2
Si MoissaniteSiC
Si QuartzSiO2
SSulfur
S AnhydriteCaSO4
S BaryteBaSO4
S BassaniteCaSO4 · 0.5H2O
S BurkeiteNa6(CO3)(SO4)2
S CelestineSrSO4
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
S MirabiliteNa2SO4 · 10H2O
S PyriteFeS2
S ThénarditeNa2SO4
S TroiliteFeS
ClChlorine
Cl HaliteNaCl
Cl NorthupiteNa3Mg(CO3)2Cl
CaCalcium
Ca AnhydriteCaSO4
Ca AragoniteCaCO3
Ca BassaniteCaSO4 · 0.5H2O
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca DiopsideCaMgSi2O6
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Ca GaylussiteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 5H2O
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca PirssoniteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 2H2O
CrChromium
Cr ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
FeIron
Fe ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
Fe IronFe
Fe Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe Taenite(Fe,Ni)
Fe TroiliteFeS
NiNickel
Ni Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)
Ni Taenite(Fe,Ni)
SrStrontium
Sr CelestineSrSO4
AgSilver
Ag SilverAg
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4

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