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Pandermite

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Formula:
Ca2B5O7(OH)5 · H2O
Name:
Named after town of Panderma (now called Bandirma) in Balikesir province, Turkey, which is close to the general region of a borate mining district.
Synonym:
A synonym of Priceite
"Pandermite" was originally a white, marble-like rock from the Panderma area used for carving statues. One such statue was analyzed by French amateur chemist Desmazures in 1865 and found to be high in boron. This "pandermite" was later described as a calcium borate mineral species, published in 1877, but by that time the California mineral priceite had already been described (4 years previously), so the name priceite has precedence even though pandermite was known earlier.


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von Rath (1877) Ber. Niederhein. Ges.: 193.
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. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 341.

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