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New mineral to be named "Hazenite" after Robert Hazen

Hexiong Yang, former post-doctoral associate now at the University of Arizona, has received official approval today from the International Mineralogical Association's Commission on New Mineral Names to name a new mineral "hazenite" (species 2007-061) after Robert M. Hazen. The new mineral is a hydrous alkali magnesium phosphate that is precipitated by microbes in Mono Lake, a highly alkaline lake in California.

The first published record of this mineral needs to be in scientific literature within two years of notification of the approval. 

Ernst A. J. Burke, Chairman, IMA Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification, of the Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences, Universiteit, Amsterdam, announced the decision on 3 March 2008. This commission was established in 1959 for the purpose of controlling the introduction of new minerals and mineral names, and of rationalising mineral nomenclature.