Borax

Borax

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Caption: Borax, also known as sodium borate, is an acid boron salt with chemical formula Na2B4O7·10H2O. It is a natural mineral occurring in playa lakes and other evaporitic environments. It has a white powdery appearance, is mostly massive and only rarely adopts the form of prismatic crystals, like in this sample. It is extensively mined and has a variety of uses, like in detergents, ceramics, fire retardants and many more. Provenance of this sample is from Kramer, California and actual width is 145 mm.

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Keywords: acid, borax, boron, california, ceramics, crystal, crystalline, crystals, evaporate, evaporitic, fire retardant, geology, kramer, mining, ore, playa lake, powdery, prismatic, retardant, rock, sodium, tetraborate, uses, white

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