Word Archaeology: amblygonite

Amblygonite, a fluorophosphate mineral first found in Saxony in 1817, is found in pegmatite deposits and can be used as a source of lithium. The primary commercial sources are found in California and France. It’s made of lithium, sodium, aluminum, phosphate, fluoride, and hydroxide.

The mineral’s name is derived from the German word “amblygonit”, which comes from the Greek word “amblygonios” or obtuse-angled.

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