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Cassiterite
2005-05-26 11:58:03

Cassiterite is a tin oxide mineral, SnO2. It is generally opaque, but is translucent in thin crystals. Its luster and multiple crystal faces produce a desirable gem. Cassiterite is the chief ore of tin today. Most sources of cassiterite today are found in alluvial or placer deposits containing the resistant weathered grains. The best source of primary cassiterite is the tin mines of Bolivia,...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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