spodumene from Moylisha, near Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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a specimen of spodumene from Moylisha, near Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow, Ireland a lithium aluminium silicate

Mineral Group  silicate
Composition  LiAl(SiO3)2
Origin  Moylisha, near Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
dimension (cm)  11x6x4
weight (g)  319
 a pyroxene mineral consisting of lithium aluminium inosilicate, LiAl(SiO3)2, and is a source of lithium.
Spodumene was first described in 1800 for an occurrence in the type locality in Utö, Södermanland, Sweden. It was discovered by Brazilian naturalist Jose Bonifacio de Andrada e Silva. The name is derived from the Greek spodumenos (σποδυμενος), meaning “burnt to ashes,” owing to the opaque, ash-grey appearance of material refined for use in industry.

Additional information

Weight 319 g
Dimensions 11 x 6 x 4 cm