Nomenclature is a necessary and dynamic part of mineralogy. Thousands of names have been given to minerals and related materials since antiquity. Within the past forty years, effort by the International Mineralogical Association’s Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names has greatly simplified and systematized mineral nomenclature and frequent editions of Fleischer’s Glossary of Mineral Species make it easy to keep up-to-date with the names of valid mineral species. The really difficult aspect of mineral nomenclature is dealing with the superfluous, obsolete, and discarded names. To what are they equivalent? With more than 35,000 entries Fourestier’s Glossary of Mineral Synonyms...

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