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Shortite

Carbonate mineral

Shortite is a sodium carbonate mineral, with the chemical formula Na2Ca2(CO3)3. It was discovered by J. J. Fahey from the Green River Formation , Sweetwater County, US, and was named to honor Maxwell N. Short (1889–1952), Professor of Mineralogy.

Shortite is associated with commercial trona ores, and some care must be taken when beneficiating crude trona to avoid contamination with shortite.

Identification

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic