Enstatite

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Enstatite

Description

A pyroxene mineral composed of magnesium silicate. Enstatite was first described by G.A. Kenngott in 1855. It occurs naturally in metamorphic rocks and meterorites. The mineral is usually a gray, pale green, or brown in color although a gemstone quality emerald green variety occurs rarely. Weathered enstatite can have a metallic luster and is called bronzite. Enstatite can alter to form steatite. Steatite may also be heated to form enstatite.

Synonyms and Related Terms

bronzite; Enstatit (Deut.); enstatiet (Ned.)

Raman

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FTIR

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Other Properties

Orthorhombic crystal system .

Composition MgSiO3
Mohs Hardness 5-6
Density 3.21-3.96
Refractive Index 1.650-1.788

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