Analcime

Infobox mineral
name = Analcime
category = Zeolite mineral
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formula = NaAlSi2O6·H2O
color = White, colorless, gray, pink, greenish, yellowish
habit = Typically in crystals, usually trpezohedrons, also massive to granular.
system = Cubic; tetragonal, orthorhombic, or monoclinic, pseudocubic, with degree of ordering.
twinning = Polysynthetic on [001] , [110]
cleavage = Very poor [100]
fracture = Uneven to subconchoidal
mohs = 5 - 5.5
luster = Vitreous
refractive = n = 1.479 - 1.493
opticalprop = Isotropic; anomalously biaxial (-)
pleochroism =
streak = white
gravity = 2.24 - 2.29
melt =
fusibility = 3.5
solubility =
other = Weakly piezoelectric; weakly electrostatic when rubbed or heated.
references = [http://rruff.geo.arizona.edu/doclib/hom/analcime.pdf Mineral Data Publishing]

Analcime or analcite (from the Greek "analkimos" - "weak") is a white, grey, or colourless tectosilicate mineral. Analcime consists of hydrated sodium aluminium silicate in cubic crystalline form. Its chemical formula is NaAlSi2O6·H2O. Minor amounts of potassium and calcium substitute for sodium. A silver bearing synthetic variety also exists (Ag-analcite).

Analcime is usually classified as a zeolite mineral, but structurally and chemically it is more similar to the feldspathoids. Analcime occurs as a primary mineral in analcime basalt and other alkaline igneous rocks. It also occurs as cavity and vesicle fillings associated with prehnite, calcite, and zeolites.

Locations include the Cyclopean Islands east off Sicily and near Trentino in northern Italy; Victoria in Australia; Kerguelen Island in the Indian Ocean; in the Lake Superior copper district of Michigan, Bergen Hill, New Jersey, Golden, Colorado in the United States; and at Cape Blomidon, Nova Scotia and Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec in Canada; and in Iceland.

ee also

* List of minerals

References

* Hurlbut, Cornelius S.; Klein, Cornelis, 1985, Manual of Mineralogy, 20th ed., ISBN 0-471-80580-7
* [http://mineral.galleries.com/minerals/silicate/analcime/analcime.htm Mineral Galleries]
* [http://www.mindat.org/min-210.html Mindat.org]
* [http://webmineral.com/data/Analcime.shtml Webmineral.com]


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