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Newberyite - Sold


Newberyite, is a simple hydrated magnesium biphosphate. The mineral crystallizes directly from bat guano. Vom Rath (1879) named this species after James Newbery (1843-1895), geologist from Melbourne, who discovered the mineral. This example is a crude single crystal, with skeletal development. Industrial mining of bat guano in the nineteenth century for phosphate depleted these deposits, making crystals like this rare collectibles today. Sharper than most examples.