Vol. 37 No. 1 (1989)
Research Article

Mineral Names from Toponyms

Published 1989-06-01



Of the nearly 1,500 minerals which have names commonly used among English-speaking geologists, approximately one fifth bear names derived from placenames, usually those places at which or near where the mineral was first found or is found in significant amounts. A complete list of the names of these minerals shows that places in Europe have contributed nearly half of these names and the Americas another fourth.


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