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A soft, yellowish mineral wax found in bogs and coal beds in England and Australia. Hatchettite darkens on exposure to air.

Synonyms and Related Terms

adipocerite; hatchettine

Physical and Chemical Properties

Composition C36H78
Density 0.90-0.98 g/ml

Resources and Citations

  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • C.W.Chesterman, K.E.Lowe, Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1979

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