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Crystal System:
First reported in 1903 from the Saline Township meteorite, in which it was apparently included as a single mass that was encountered on drilling into the meteorite. White smoke with pungent garlic odor was emitted from the hole for about 2 hours, with luminescence observed in the bottom of the hole during that time. Qualitative wet chemistry tests performed on the smoke were positive for the presence of phosphorus. These observations are consistent with the presence of native phosphorus, although the mineral itself was not studied directly. Subsequent holes drilled into other parts of the meteorite found no further indications of native phosphorus.

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Classification of PhosphorusHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959), Questionable

Chemical Properties of PhosphorusHide


Crystallography of PhosphorusHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
4 3m - Hextetrahedral
Space Group:
I4 3m

Synonyms of PhosphorusHide

Other Language Names for PhosphorusHide

Other InformationHide

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 PhosphorusHide

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Farrington, O.C. (1903) On the occurrence of free phosphorus in the Saline Township Meteorite. American Journal of Science, 4, #15, 71.
Neuerburg, G.J. (1946) A preliminary note on the exclusively meteoritic minerals. Meteors and Meteorites, p. 250.

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Localities for PhosphorusHide

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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.
  • Okinawa
    • Okinawa Island
  • Kansas
    • Sheridan Co.
      • Township of West Saline
Farrington, O.C. (1903) On the occurrence of free phosphorus in the Saline Township Meteorite. American Journal of Science, 4, #15, 71.
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