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 Post subject: AN OVERVIEW OF MINERALS TOXICITY
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:29 pm 
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My article has been updated and is available here:

https://www.mindat.org/mesg-62-338876.html


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 Post subject: Re: An overview of the toxicity in minerals
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:52 pm 
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I hope you mean interesting and potentially bioavailable lithium minerals, or else lepidolite, elbaite and spodumene are going to want to sit down for a long chat. :lol:


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Hi !

Thank you Cascaillou ! This is a very interesting topic ...

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Scarodactyl, indeed that is all a matter of bioavailability.

Thank you Danielle, I spent a lot of time on this writing, and I'm glad I'm not the only one interested in such topic.

Just keep in mind that my article was mostly addressed to collectors, and thus doesn't investigate chronic toxicity issues into much detail as this isn't a concern for collectors, however it is for gemcutters.


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cascaillou wrote:
I spent a lot of time on this writing ...


I believe you Cascaillou ;)
I'm very interested and even fascinated by these issues chemistries, despite my gaps in this field ...
Learning is not by far the the most difficult thing to be done !

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A company is processing lithium carbonate in metric ton quantities from geothermal water locally near the Salton Sea of southern California. I was at a presentation of the company and I gathered than Mercedes had contracted for current output for batteries. They expect to hire 300 chemists for a new plant to be built if this prototype process works out. They indicated that they will be the #1 source of lithium carbonate.

http://thinkgeoenergy.com/archives/16644


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that's interesting, I wonder if there could be any naturally occuring zabuyelite in that area


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The speaker said that they use ion exchange columns to extract the lithium carbonate. We asked more questions on the process and then he got a little 'hazy' on their process :) I will ask about the crystals next time.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:08 pm 
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Here are a few quality specimens to illustrate the topic:

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Mineral: Montroydite (on calcite)
Locality: Terlingua, Terlingua District, Brewster Co., Texas, USA
Specimen size: 5.76cm x 4.65cm x 2.72cm (that is a large aggregate for the species)
Source: mineralman.com

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Mineral: Arsenolite
Locality: Rauris valley, Hohe Tauern Mts, Salzburg, Austria
Specimen size: 6.74cm x 4.57cm x 3.92cm (with crystals to 5mm and compound crystals to nearly 1cm. These are large crystals for the species)
Source: mineralman.com

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Mineral: Arsenolite
Locality: White Caps Mine, Manhattan District, Nye Co., Nevada, USA (Let's note that arsenolite from this mine was formed post-mining, subsequently to a mine fire)
Specimen size: 3.5 x 2.8 cm (with crystals to 4mm)
Source: andyseibel.com


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