Stercorite

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Stercorite [1]
General
Category Phosphate minerals
Formula
(repeating unit)
(NH4)NaHPO4
Strunz classification 8.CJ.05
Crystal system Triclinic
Crystal class Pinacoidal (1)
Identification
Formula mass 137.0077 g/mol
Crystal symmetry Triclinic
H-M symbol: (1)
Space group: P1
Mohs scale hardness 2
Luster Vitreous
Diaphaneity Transparent
Density 1.615 g/cm3
Melting point 79°C
Fusibility Fusible
Solubility Water soluble

Stercorite is the mineral form of microcosmic salt. The name comes from the Latin "stercus", meaning dung, since the mineral was originally discovered among guano.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stercorite". Mindat.org. Retrieved 23 March 2011.