Rude Minerals

published: 2006-04-20 12:40:14 UTC

Thanks to a myspace member, I’ve been reminded of the US town Cummington which reminded me of a discovery I made a while ago. As a man of science, I was once doing some hardcore research and came across the silicate mineral Magnesium Iron Silicate Hydroxide or (Mg, Fe)7Si8O22(OH)2 to us chemists. Of course no mineral chemist talks in such baffling nonsense - we only do that at parties when non scientists are about. Instead minerals are usually named by their discoverer. This silicate mineral was named after its place of origin, Cummington. And the result… cummingtonite.

Oh joy of joy! Another reason to laugh at science. Obviously there’s been a mineral discovered by a Mr. Wales called Welshite too. Have a good day.

Ooo look a link for Cummingtonite facts!