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Analysed first by Barbier and Prost (1908). First believed to be the monoclinic analogue of albite with only 1.15 wt.% K2O. Named by Schaller (1910) after Phillipe Barbier (1848-1922), professor of chemistry at the University of Lyons. Schneider and Laves(1957) showed that a specimen assumed to be the holotype was a microcline.
A synonym of Feldspar Group
Probably microcline (albite?) and/or other feldspars.
Originally belived to reported from Kragerø, Telemark, Norway.

References for Barbierite

Reference List:
- Barbier, P. and Prost, A. (1908): Sur l' existence d'un feldspath sodique monoclinique, isomorphe de l' orthose. Bulletin mensuel de la Société Chimique de Paris, Series 4, 3: 894-899
- Schaller, W.T.(1910): Barbierite, a monoclinic soda feldspar. American Journal of Science, Series 4, 30 : 358
- Schneider,T.R. and Laves, F. (1957): Barbierit oder Monalbit ? Zeitschrift für Kristallographie 109: 241-244
- Raade, G. (1996): Minerals originally described from Norway. Including notes on type material. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift 11, 24

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