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From the Greek word 'ελαιον' ('elaion' = oil), due to its greasy lustre.
A variety of Nepheline

Massive, with oily or greasy luster (Fatstone, Oilstone), grey to green or blue.
Name introduced by Karsten and Klaproth (1809) for a mineral from the the syenite-pegmatite-dykes at Friedrichswärn (= Stavern), Norway, which was later shown to be identical with nepheline. However the name was used as a varietal of nepheline during the 19th century.

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Karsten, [D.L.G.] and Klaproth, [M.H.] (1809) Mineralogisch-chemische Untersuchung des Elaoliths. Der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin, Magazin für die Neuesten Entdeckungen in der Gesamten Naturkunde. 3, 43-44
Scheerer, Th. (1840) Ueber Eläolith und Nephelin. Annalen der Physik. 125, 359-381
Raade, G. (1996) Minerals originally described from Norway. Including notes on type material. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift. 11, 104 pp. + plates 1-7.

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- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • Telemark
    • Porsgrunn
      • Langangen
Brøgger, W.C. (1890): Die Mineralien der Syenitpegmatitgänge der südnorwegischen Augit-und Nephelinsyenite. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie und Mineralogie 16. 663 pp (p.218)
  • Vestfold
    • Larvik
      • Langesundsfjorden
        • Stokkøya (Stokø; Stockö; Stocköe)
Brøgger, W.C. (1890): Die Mineralien der Syenitpegmatitgänge der südnorwegischen Augit-und Nephelinsyenite. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie und Mineralogie 16. 663 pp + 28 plates
Klaproth, M.H. (1810):Chemische Untersuchung des Elaeoliths, Beiträge zur chemischen Kenntniss der Mineralkörper, Fünfter Band, Rottmann Berlin, 176-179
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