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Robert Ferguson of Raith
After Robert Ferguson (1767- 3 December 1840), Scottish landowner, politician and mineral collector
Fergusonite is one of the species groups or series that was originally described as a single species, based on the standards of the time. Subsequently, with the advancement of science, several separate species were defined (Y-, Ce- and Nd-dominant). This file covers the data when all were one, simply "fergusonite."

Monoclinic dimorphs are summarised under the name "β-Fergusonite".

Classification of Fergusonite

Crystallographic forms of Fergusonite

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Fergusonite no.1 - Goldschmidt (1913-1926)
Fergusonite no.2 - Goldschmidt (1913-1926)
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Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Fergusonite

Reference List:
Haidinger (1826) Royal Society of Edinburgh, Transactions: 10: 274.

Forbes (1855) Edinburgh New Phil. Journal: 1: 67.

Forbes and Dahll (1855) Nyt Magazine: : 227.

Forbes (1857) Phil. Magazine: 13: 91.

Kôzu and Masuda (1926) Sc. Rep. Tohoku University, ser. III: 3: 1.

Barth, T. (1927) The structure of synthetic, metamict, and recrystallized fergusonite. Norsk Geologisk Tidsskrift, 9: 23-36.

Machatschki (1929) Zs. Kr.: 72: 291.

Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944) The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 757-763.

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