Definitions for kerniteˈkɜr naɪt
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a light soft mineral consisting of hydrated sodium borate in crystalline form; an important source of boron
A hydrated borate mineral, NaBO(OH), originally discovered in the Mojave Desert.
Origin: From Kern County, California.
Kernite, also known as rasorite is a hydrated sodium borate hydroxide mineral with formula Na2B4O6(OH)2·3. It is a colorless to white mineral crystallizing in the monoclinic crystal system typically occurring as prismatic to acicular crystals or granular masses. It is relatively soft with Mohs hardness of 2.5 to 3 and light with a specific gravity of 1.91. It exhibits perfect cleavage and a brittle fracture. Kernite is soluble in cold water and alters to tincalconite when it dehydrates. It undergoes a non-reversible alteration to metakernite when heated to above 100° C.
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