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 (flo͞o′ər-spär′, flo͝or′spär′)
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(Minerals) a white or colourless mineral sometimes fluorescent and often tinted by impurities, found in veins and as deposits from hot gases. It is used in the manufacture of glass, enamel, and jewellery, and is the chief ore of fluorine. Composition: calcium fluoride. Formula: CaF2. Crystal structure: cubic. Also: fluorite (US and Canadian)
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(ˈflʊər aɪt, ˈflɔr-, ˈfloʊr-)

a mineral, calcium fluoride, CaF2, occurring in crystals and in masses: the chief source of fluorine. Also called fluor , fluorspar.
[1865–70; < Italian; see fluor, -ite1]
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Noun1.fluorspar - a soft mineral (calcium fluoride) that is fluorescent in ultraviolet light; chief source of fluorine
atomic number 20, Ca, calcium - a white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light; the fifth most abundant element in the earth's crust; an important component of most plants and animals
atomic number 9, fluorine, F - a nonmetallic univalent element belonging to the halogens; usually a yellow irritating toxic flammable gas; a powerful oxidizing agent; recovered from fluorite or cryolite or fluorapatite
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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1 billion (53.8 percent) and fluorspar --by MNT 9.3 billion (96.9 percent).
Fluorite (also called fluorspar) is the mineral form of calcium fluoride, CaF2.
The country is rich in natural resources such as gold, silver, iron, coal, copper, molybdenum, tungsten, phosphates, tin, nickel, zinc, and fluorspar.
They are held in the name of Speewah Mining Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of King River, and also included within the new licences are areas near the Speewah Dome that are prospective for fluorspar.
Cadmium sulfide when used as fluorescent marker offers many advantages such as high luminous efficiency, fluorspar narrow spectral lines, adjustable luminous color, relatively single excitation spectrum, and good light stability.
His latest book is "Fluorspar Mining: Photos from Illinois and Kentucky, 1905-1995." The book contains more than 100 images that display early pick and shovel extraction, as well as primitive drilling methods.
With operations in 41 countries, 137 facilities worldwide and more than 22,000 employees, Mexichem has the rights to produce fluorspar in two mines in Mexico.
This meant that fluorspar also became in high demand, as flux was often used in blast furnaces.
Zhambyl region is rich in natural deposits of phosphorite, fluorspar, uranium, precious and non-ferrous metals, coal and natural gas, salt and barite.
He cited the row between corporations like Tata Chemicals and Kajiado county government; Base Titanium vs Kwale locals; Kencoal Ltd vs Kitui MPs; Kerebe Gold Mining in Kakamega; Kilimapesa vs landowners; and Kenya Fluorspar Company vs the community as some of the cases involving conflict with the local communities.
This will allow another investor to resume mining of the mineral," said Joseph Kandie, the chairman of the Kimwarer Sugutek (Fluorspar) community.Whereas the government has started the process to release Sh1 billion as compensation, residents are demanding Sh9 billion.