Date: April 23, 2002
What is the Alstonite mineral used for? Found web sites
that give me history and chemical properties but do not know what it is
I was not able to find any commercial uses for "alstonite" (BaCa(CO3)2).
However, for your future reference you will find the following web site a
valuable resource: http://webmineral.com/index.htm
Like many minerals, alstonite is probably not widely enough distributed in
large amounts in the earth's crust to be of commercial value -- but that is
just a guess.
You may not find a use--many minerals have collector value only. I suspect
this one does not occur in large enough quantities to have a large-scale
commercial use. You don't list your age, but if you are working on a school
project and have to indicate use, you could write something like "No known
use. Collector value only." Ask your teacher if this is acceptable.
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