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brucite

[broo-sahyt] /ˈbru saɪt/
noun
1.
a mineral, magnesium hydroxide, Mg(OH) 2 , occurring in tabular, foliated crystals: used in magnesia refractories.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; named after A. Bruce (1777-1818), American mineralogist; see -ite1
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  • Another mineral that precipitates in the chimney walls, brucite, dissolves away as the chimneys interact with seawater.
  • These policies also are designed such as wollastonite, dolomite, and brucite.
Encyclopedia Article for brucite

mineral composed of magnesium hydroxide, Mg(OH)2. It generally forms soft, waxy to glassy, white or pale-green, gray, or blue crystals, plate aggregates, or fibrous masses associated with other magnesium minerals (e.g., magnesite and dolomite). It commonly is present in serpentine and sometimes in phyllites, crystalline schists, and metamorphosed magnesian limestone. Notable deposits exist at Filipstad, Nordmark, and Jakobsberg, Swed.; the Urals, Russia; Teulada, Italy; and Pennsylvania in the United States. For detailed physical properties, see oxide mineral (table)

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