On comparing the indices given for sussexite,1 2Mn(Mg)O2B2O3H2O, with those of Camsellite,2 2MgO.B2O3.H2O, there is a marked discrepancy evident when one considers the specific refractivity of the constituent radicals. Manganese oxide has a higher specific refractivity than magnesium oxide and therefore, sussexite should have the higher indices, contrary to the published values as indicated below.

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