Every October, cadres of California collectors who don't too much mind sinking up to their hamstrings in layers of dense saline mud go hunting for crystals of hanksite
, northupite, sulphohalite and other water-soluble sulfates at Searles Lake, San Bernardino County.
35-0964), and hanksite
K[Na.sub.4][(C[O.sub.3]).sub.2][(S[O.sub.4]).sub.9]Cl (PDF pattern no.
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Hanks (after whom hanksite
was later named), who was to become the first state mineralogist in 1880, was sent to investigate, and he became the assayer for the San Carlos mine.
At Trona he would even stoop to collecting crystals of hanksite
and halite yet one more time.