Antarcticite: A New Mineral, Calcium Chloride Hexahydrate, Discovered in Antarctica

Science  27 Aug 1965:
Vol. 149, Issue 3687, pp. 975-977
DOI: 10.1126/science.149.3687.975


A new mineral, calcium chloride hexahydrate, was discovered in the Don Juan Pond in Victoria Land, Antarctica. The optical properties, chemical analysis, and powder patterns obtained by x-ray diffraction agree with those of artificial calcium chloride hexahydrate. The name Antarcticite is proposed for the new mineral.