Fluorapatite: A Mouthful, But Don’t Eat It

William Divine is a mineral prospector who is highly respected in the industry. He has worked in the mineral prospecting industry for over two decades and, in that time, has learned the ins and outs of the industry. Divine got his start working in a region of Australia called Pilbara, which is in North Western Australia. William Divine has now worked all over the globe–including in Africa, Asia, and North America. His work has allowed him to explore every corner of the industry and his dominant criticism of the industry has been that it does not properly use technology. New technologies should be exploited to their full potential in order to make the industry more productive and profitable.

Fluorapatite is a Phosphate mineral composed of Calcium, Phosphate, Oxygen, and Fluorine. It’s a hard, crystalline, solid mineral that occurs in many colors, including sea-green, violet, purple, blue, pink, yellow, brown, white, or colorless. It falls dead in the middle of the Mohs Scale of Hardness, ranking a 5.

Fluorapatite is the main constituent in tooth enamel, as well as halophospors. It is also a precursor for the production of phosphorus. It can be reduced by carbon in the presence of quartz. Overall, the mineral is important as well as beautiful.

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Australian Iron Ore

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Improving the Process

William Divine got his start in the industry of mineral prospecting in the region of Pilbara, in North Western Australia. His expertise has, since that time, brought him all over Australia and all over the world–to North America, Asia, and Africa too. He is one of the individuals in the industry who believes that technology can improve the process, and efficiency, of mineral prospecting.

Aegirine is a silicate mineral and one that is very interesting to almost any mineralogist or geologist. It’s Mohs hardness is in the 5-6 range, which means it is basically just of average hardness, right in the middle of the scale. Aegirine has a glassy luster and commonly occurs in alkalic igneous rocks, carbonatites, and pegmatites.

Areas where Aegirine can be found in high concentrations include Quebec, Norway, Greenland, Russia, Arkansas, Kenya, Nigeria, and Scotland. The mineral was first found in Norway in 1835. The mineral remains important, despite its old age and lack of commercial uses.

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Mordenite in Fundy

William Divine is a mineral prospector who has earned a great reputation in the industry. His considerable experience with mineral prospecting spans twenty years of activities. During that time he has become an expert in reviewing and identifying mineral deposits. His work has allowed him to travel all over the world, too, from where he originally worked in Australia, to Asia, North America, and Africa.

Mordenite is a zeolite mineral with a number of commercial uses. Henry How first found it in 1864 near Morden, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was found along of Bay of Fundy, so it’s really just because of the decisiveness of How that it wasn’t named Fundynite!

Mordenite comes in a number of colors, including colorless, white, or even faintly pink or yellow. Examples of Mordenite can be found in Italy, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, India, and Iceland. Marine sediments have been known to contain Mordenite too, especially around the Isle of Arran in Scotland and by the Ural Mountains.

Mordenite is a zeolite, which usually means it is an absorbent. They are used in everything from laundry detergents and water purification to agriculture and medicine.

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Nickel and Dimed

William Divine is almost universally respected in the industry of mineral prospecting because he has accomplished so much. He is considered a specialist now in the reviewing and identification of mineral deposits. Divine has been able to work all over the world—in Africa, North America, and Asia, as well as all over Australia, where he got his start. Divine is a big believer in technology and its ability to help the industry. He personally maintains a database which maps mineral deposits all over the world.

Ni and the Atomic 28 are symbols for the mineral and element Nickel, which is a silver-white metal that is both lustrous and ancient. It was determined to be an element by Axel Fredrik Cronstedt in 1751. A little known fact about Nickel—it is one of only four elements that is magnetic at room temperature.

The history of Nickel, mostly unintentional, dates back to 3500 B.C. I say mostly unintentional because most of the ancient cultures thought Nickel was just some variation of silver or copper. Today, the word Nickel is perhaps best known as the name of the coin in the United States that represents five cents. It carries the name “nickel”, despite that fact that it is only one fourth nickel, the rest being composed of copper.

Russia and Canada are probably the two most important countries to the international Nickel market. However, other major deposits can be found in New Caledonia, France, Cuba, Australia, and Indonesia.

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North Carolina, Craigmont, Corundrum

Almost no one in the industry of mineral prospecting is more reputable than William Divine. He has a long history of success in mineral prospecting that few people can match. His twenty years of experience certainly have something to do with that impressive record, but it also has much to do with his personal integrity and commitment to a tough work ethic. Divine has worked on four separate continents during his twenty years of mineral prospecting–Australia, Asia, North America, and Africa.

Corundrum is a mineral which is essentially just a crystallized form of Aluminum Oxide. However, it also contains traces of chromium, titanium, and iron. It is a naturally occuring, clear, mineral. On occasion, though, impurities do appear. When this happens, colors can manifest themselves in corundrum. The various hues that can exist in corundrum include gray, yellow, blue, green, orange, brown, gray, and colorless–as well as plenty of other colors.

Corundrum is an incredibly hard mineral. It is therefore capable of scratching or cutting virtually any other mineral, with diamonds being one of the most obvious exceptions. Corundrum is often used as an abrasive–which is to say that it is often used as a material placed on something in order to make it cut something else by design. Sandpaper is a good example of a commercial product in which corundrum is used as an abrasive.

The countries that currently mine a good deal of corundrum are Russia, Zimbabwe, and India. North Carolina, in the United States, and Craigmont, in Canada, have historically been prolific sources of corundrum.

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So Many Mercurial Uses

William Divine is one of the most highly respected and accomplished mineral prospectors working in the world today. Divine has an impressive track record regardless of the location of his work. He has traveled all over the world, too, including all over his home continent of Australia. He has also worked in North America, Asia, and Africa. His first mineral prospecting job was in the area around Pilbara, in North Western Australia.

Mercury is both a Roman mythological god and the closest planet that circles the sun. However, it is also more than that. It is a metallic element and mineral represented by the symbol Hg and the atomic number 80. It is one of the heaviest metals around and possesses a bright silver color. It is one of only a handful of metals that are liquid at room temperature.

The liquefied metal is not all fun and games and trivia, though. It is poisonous to humans and animals if ingested or if the fumes are inhaled. Even significant contact with the skin can be unhealthy.

Mercury is used for a variety of purposed, mostly in measuring devices, including barometers, thermometers, float valves, and manometers. Mercury is also frequently used in electrical switches, scientific apparatus, and in some lighting fixtures. Additionally, Mercury is still used in dentistry, medicine, cosmetics, and the production of chlorine.

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