WVGES Trace Minerals in West Virginia Coals

Click Here To Go To Trace Elements Framed Home Page Goyazite: Hydrated strontium-aluminum phosphate (SrAl3(PO4)2(OH)5·(H2O))

Goyazite is one of the may rare phosphate minerals in coal of the Crandallite mineral group, this one containing strontium, present as small nondescript blebs in mineral-rich coal layers (dots at the bottom of the photograph are each 10 µm apart).  Sources for the phosphorous include animal debris, fecal debris and volcanic ash. Goyazite has been observed in Australian and Japanese coals 1,2.

    1.    Ward, C.R. et al., (1996)
    2.    Kimura, T., (1995)
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