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Western Saharai
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Western SaharaDisputed Territory

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Locality type:Disputed Territory


Western Sahara is on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories, meaning that in the UN's eyes, the territory has not been decolonized.
The Kingdom of Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) presently dispute the control of the territory, Morocco claiming the Sahara as an integral part of the kingdom, while the SADR is a government in exile, controlling a minority of the territory. The rest is controlled and the entirety claimed by Morocco.

Note: Tiris al-Gharbiyya (Arabic for Western Tiris) was the Mauritanian name for the area of Western Sahara under its control between 1975 and 1979.

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15 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

Alabandite
Formula: MnS
'Albite-Anorthite Series'
'Anomalous EH7 chondrite meteorite'
Augite
Formula: (CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Chromite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Daubréelite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2S4
Enstatite
Formula: MgSiO3
Fayalite
Formula: Fe2+2SiO4
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'
'Fulgurite'
Formula: SiO2
'H3-5 chondrite meteorite'
Hedenbergite
Formula: CaFe2+Si2O6
Ilmenite
Formula: Fe2+TiO3
Iron
Formula: Fe
Iron var: Kamacite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)
Lechatelierite
Formula: SiO2
Microcline var: Hyalophane
Formula: (K,Ba)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Niningerite
Formula: (Mg,Fe2+,Mn2+)S
'Noritic Lunar meteorite'
Oldhamite
Formula: (Ca,Mg)S
Pigeonite
Formula: (CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
'Pyroxene Group'
Troilite
Formula: FeS

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Iron1.AE.05Fe
var: Kamacite1.AE.05(Fe,Ni)
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
'Alabandite'2.CD.10MnS
'Daubréelite'2.DA.05Fe2+Cr3+2S4
Niningerite2.CD.10(Mg,Fe2+,Mn2+)S
Oldhamite2.CD.10(Ca,Mg)S
Troilite2.CC.10FeS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
'Chromite'4.BB.05Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Ilmenite4.CB.05Fe2+TiO3
Lechatelierite4.DA.30SiO2
Group 9 - Silicates
'Augite'9.DA.15(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
'Enstatite'9.DA.05MgSiO3
'Fayalite'9.AC.05Fe2+2SiO4
'Hedenbergite'9.DA.15CaFe2+Si2O6
Microcline
var: Hyalophane
9.FA.30(K,Ba)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Pigeonite9.DA.10(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Anomalous EH7 chondrite meteorite'-
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Fulgurite'-SiO2
'H3-5 chondrite meteorite'-
Noritic Lunar meteorite-
Pyroxene Group-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Iron
var: Kamacite
1.1.11.1(Fe,Ni)
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Alabandite2.8.1.4MnS
Troilite2.8.9.1FeS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 3:4
Daubréelite2.10.1.11Fe2+Cr3+2S4
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Ilmenite4.3.5.1Fe2+TiO3
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Chromite7.2.3.3Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with all cations in octahedral [6] coordination
Fayalite51.3.1.1Fe2+2SiO4
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=2
Augite65.1.3a.3(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Enstatite65.1.2.1MgSiO3
Hedenbergite65.1.3a.2CaFe2+Si2O6
Pigeonite65.1.1.4(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
Al-Si Framework with Al-Si frameworks
Microcline
var: Hyalophane
76.1.1.3(K,Ba)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Anomalous EH7 chondrite meteorite'-
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Fulgurite'-SiO2
'H3-5 chondrite meteorite'-
Iron-Fe
Lechatelierite-SiO2
Niningerite-(Mg,Fe2+,Mn2+)S
'Noritic Lunar meteorite'-
Oldhamite-(Ca,Mg)S
'Pyroxene Group'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

OOxygen
O Augite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
O ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
O EnstatiteMgSiO3
O FayaliteFe22+SiO4
O FulguriteSiO2
O HedenbergiteCaFe2+Si2O6
O Microcline (var: Hyalophane)(K,Ba)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
O IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
O LechatelieriteSiO2
O Pigeonite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
MgMagnesium
Mg Augite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Mg EnstatiteMgSiO3
Mg Niningerite(Mg,Fe2+,Mn2+)S
Mg Oldhamite(Ca,Mg)S
Mg Pigeonite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
AlAluminium
Al Microcline (var: Hyalophane)(K,Ba)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
SiSilicon
Si Augite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Si EnstatiteMgSiO3
Si FayaliteFe22+SiO4
Si FulguriteSiO2
Si HedenbergiteCaFe2+Si2O6
Si Microcline (var: Hyalophane)(K,Ba)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Si LechatelieriteSiO2
Si Pigeonite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
SSulfur
S AlabanditeMnS
S DaubréeliteFe2+Cr23+S4
S Niningerite(Mg,Fe2+,Mn2+)S
S Oldhamite(Ca,Mg)S
S TroiliteFeS
KPotassium
K Microcline (var: Hyalophane)(K,Ba)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
CaCalcium
Ca Augite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Ca HedenbergiteCaFe2+Si2O6
Ca Oldhamite(Ca,Mg)S
Ca Pigeonite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
TiTitanium
Ti IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
CrChromium
Cr ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
Cr DaubréeliteFe2+Cr23+S4
MnManganese
Mn AlabanditeMnS
FeIron
Fe Augite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Fe ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
Fe DaubréeliteFe2+Cr23+S4
Fe FayaliteFe22+SiO4
Fe HedenbergiteCaFe2+Si2O6
Fe IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
Fe IronFe
Fe Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)
Fe Pigeonite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Fe TroiliteFeS
NiNickel
Ni Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)
BaBarium
Ba Microcline (var: Hyalophane)(K,Ba)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]

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