Geographic Minerals

Dypingite: Properties and Occurrence

Dypingite: Properties and Occurrence

Dypingite is a hydrated magnesium carbonate mineral with the formula: Mg5(CO3)4(OH)2·5H2O. It is a monoclinic white mineral containing carbon, hydrogen, magnesium, and oxygen.

Its type locality is the Dypingdal serpentine-magnesite deposit, Snarum, Norway.

General Information

  • Category: Carbonate minerals
  • Formula: Mg5(CO3)4(OH)25H2O
  • Crystal system: Monoclinic


Dypingite was found in materials obtained during the production of high-purity MgO from crude magnesite by the calcination/CO2-leaching process. The snow-white, finely crystalline dypingite contains MgO 41.0%.

  • Formula mass: 485.65 g/mol
  • Color: White
  • Crystal habit: Globular – spherical to rounded forms (e.g. wavellite)
  • Tenacity: Brittle
  • Luster: Pearly
  • Streak: White to gray
  • Diaphaneity: Semitransparent
  • Specific gravity: 2.15


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