Fassaite

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Fassaite
Fassaïte.jpg
Fassaite from Val di Fassa
General
Category Mineral
Formula
(repeating unit)
Ca(Mg,Fe,Al)(Si,Al)2O6
Identification
Color light-dark green, black
Crystal habit prismatic, short, plane
Crystal system Monoclinic prismatic
Mohs scale hardness 6
Streak greenish-white
Specific gravity 2.9-3.3

Fassaite is a variety of augite with a very low iron content, Ca(Mg,Fe,Al)(Si,Al)2O6.[1] It is named after the Fassa Valley, Italy.

It is thought to be a contact mineral formed at high temperature on the interface between volcanic rocks and limestone. It is also reported in meteorites.[2]

References[edit]

  • Schumann, Walter (1991). Mineralien aus aller Welt. BLV Bestimmungsbuch (2 ed.). p. 223. ISBN 3-405-14003-X.