- a white or gray feldspar mineral, CaAl2Si2O8, calcic plagioclase.
Origin of anorthite
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Anorthite occurs in white translucent or transparent crystals.Geology
Anorthite is an essential constituent of many basic igneous rocks, such as gabbro and basalt, also of some meteoric stones.
Rougemonite consists largely of anorthite with pyroxene as the only important ferro-magnesian constituent.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime
William Henry Atherton
Like labradorite and anorthite, it is a common constituent of basic igneous rocks, such as gabbro and basalt.
- a white to greyish-white or reddish-white mineral of the feldspar group and plagioclase series, found chiefly in igneous rocks and more rarely in metamorphic rocks. It is used in the manufacture of glass and ceramics. Composition: calcium aluminium silicate. Formula: CaAl 2 Si 2 O 8 . Crystal structure: triclinic
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- A white to gray triclinic mineral of the plagioclase feldspar group. Anorthite is the plagioclase mineral that is richest in calcium and occurs in alkaline igneous rocks such as gabbro. Chemical formula: CaAl2Si2O8.
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