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Sinjarite, a new mineral from Iraq

  • Zeki A. Aljubouri (a1) and Salim M. Aldabbagh (a1)


A hygroscopic, soft, pink mineral was discovered in Sinjar town, west of Mosul city. Wet chemical and X-ray diffraction analyses proved that the mineral has a composition of calcium chloride dihydrate CaCl2·2H2O, which has not been known in nature before. It is therefore a new mineral, and is named sinjarite after its locality.



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Maala, (K. A.), 1977. Regional geological mapping on Sinjar area. Unpublished report, SOM. Baghdad, Iraq.
Torri, (T.) and Ossaka, (J.), 1965. Science, 149, 975.
Youash, (Y. Y.) and Naoum, (A. A.), 1970. General geology of Sinjar area. Bull. Sci. , Baghdad, Iraq.
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Mineralogical Magazine
  • ISSN: 0026-461X
  • EISSN: 1471-8022
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