Lithium, Sodium, Potassium

  • H. H. Read


Lithium (Li) does not occur in a free state in nature, nor are its compounds very abundant as minerals. The characteristic mode of occurrence of lithium minerals is in the pegmatites, where there has been a concentration of this somewhat rare element during the later stages of consolidation of granitic magma. The commonest lithium minerals are:
  • Lithium-bearing Micas: Lepidolite or Lithium-mica, and Zinn-waldite or Lithium-iron-mica. These two minerals are described with the Micas on pp. 402, 404.

  • Petalite, Li(AlSi4)O10.

  • Amblygonite, Li(F,OH)AlP04.

  • Spodumene, LiAlSi2O6.


Closed Tube Great Salt Lake Lithium Salt Potassium Compound Sodium Iodate 
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© George Allen & Unwin (Publishers) Ltd. 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. H. Read
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Imperial College of Science and TechnologyUK
  2. 2.University of LondonUK

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