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Mineral Resource of the Month: Antimony

February 1, 2015

Antimony is a lustrous silvery-white semimetal or metalloid. Archaeological and historical studies indicate that antimony and its mineral sulfides have been used by humans for at least six millennia. The alchemist Basil Valentine is sometimes credited with “discovering” the element; he described the extraction of metallic antimony from stibnite in his treatise “The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony,” published sometime between 1350 and 1600. In the early 18th century, Jöns Jakob Berzelius chose the periodic symbol for antimony (Sb) based on stibium, which is the Latin name for stibnite.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2015
Title Mineral Resource of the Month: Antimony
DOI
Authors David E. Guberman
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Earth Magazine
Series Number
Index ID 70133863
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center