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A greenish to pinkish or lilac mineral, LiAlSi2O6, that is used as a source of lithium and in transparent varieties as a gemstone.

[French spodumène, from German Spodumen, from Greek spodoumenos, present participle of spodousthai, to be burned to ashes, from spodos, wood ashes (because the mineral becomes ash gray when exposed to air).]


(Minerals) a greyish-white, green, or lilac pyroxene mineral consisting of lithium aluminium silicate in monoclinic crystalline form. It is an important ore of lithium and is used in the manufacture of glass and ceramics and as a gemstone. Formula: LiAlSi2O6
[C19: from French spodumène, from German Spodumen, from Greek spodoumenos, from spodousthai to be burnt to ashes, from spodos wood ash]


(ˈspɒdʒ ʊˌmin)

a mineral, lithium aluminum silicate, LiAlSi2O6, occurring in prismatic crystals or masses: transparent colored varieties are used as gems.
[1795–1805; < French spodumène]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spodumene - a pyroxene mineral consisting of lithium aluminum silicatespodumene - a pyroxene mineral consisting of lithium aluminum silicate; a source of lithium
atomic number 3, Li, lithium - a soft silver-white univalent element of the alkali metal group; the lightest metal known; occurs in several minerals
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
kunzite - a pinkish lilac crystal form of the mineral spodumene that is used as a gemstone
hiddenite - a green transparent form of the mineral spodumene used as a gemstone
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The pegmatite veins intersected by drilling at Bougouni are spodumene rich (20-30% spodumene content) low mica pegmatite bodies with spodumene being the main lithium bearing mineral in most hard rock lithium deposits.
We are excited to see the drill core from the first drill hole on the Northeast Dyke after the recent discovery of abundant very coarsegrained spodumene on surface," said Julie Selway, Power Metals' vice-president of exploration, in a news release.
The vendors have claims over 55,773 hectares for six exploration permits within the known spodumene bearing pegmatite fields in San Luis Province, Central Argentina.
4 million mt/y of ore to produce 219,000 mt/y of spodumene concentrate, containing 6% Li20, over a mine life of 14 years.
Maiden spodumene and tantalum production in 3rd quarter 2016 at Mt Cattlin, Western Australia, generating significant and growing cash flow.
Temporary lifters were installed in the calciner to provide better spodumene pre-heating and heat transfer within the kiln.
At full capacity, Galaxy will process 137,000 tpa of spodumene concentrate and 56,000 lbs per annum of contained tantalum.
Through its Finnish subsidiary, Keliber Oy, the group plans to start mining of lithium bearing spodumene and production of lithium carbonate.
Kunzite is strongly pleochroic, which means is shows a deeper intensity of colour when viewed from either the top or bottom, rather than from either side and is a hard stone, being a variety of spodumene that takes its colour from manganese.
All 12 holes intersected spodumene mineralized pegmatite, with 10 of the holes intersecting spodumene pegmatite over intervals ranging from 4.
A binding life-of-mine off-take agreement has been inked by Pilbara with POSCO for an initial 80,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of chemical grade spodumene concentrate from the Pilgangoora stage II project.
The company is currently holds brine exploration properties in Catamarca, Argentina and Nevada, USA and hard rock spodumene type lithium property in Ontario, Canada.