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The Tale of Greenlandite: Commemorating the Two-Hundredth Anniversary of Eudialyte (1819-2019)

Journal article
Authors Axel S.L. Sjöqvist
Published in Minerals
Volume 9
Issue 8
ISSN 2075-163X
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Earth Sciences
Language en
Keywords eudialyte, greenlandite, garnet, grenat en masse, schaliger Pyrop, Mineralogy, Mining & Mineral Processing
Subject categories Mineral and Mine Engineering, Mineralogy


Twenty years before the discovery of the mineral eudialyte, a red garnet-like mineral from Greenland was distributed among mineralogists and chemists in Europe. Furthermore, the first chemical analyses of the Greenlandic mineral reported 10 percent by weight of zirconium oxide. It was given the name greenlandite, and after the discovery of eudialyte many have wondered whether greenlandite could actually be eudialyte. Two-hundred years after the original definition of eudialyte I have tried to find out.

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