- the sodium end member of the plagioclase feldspar group, light-colored and found in alkalic igneous rocks.
Origin of albite
1835–45; < Latin alb(us) white + -ite1
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Some of the trachytic lavas are said to abound with crystals of albite.Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I
Karl Ritter von Scherzer
Albite found at Mineral Hill, Pennsylvania, also exhibits the chatoyancy of moonstone.
The felspar of the granulites is mostly orthoclase or cryptoperthite; microcline, oligoclase and albite are also common.
Small groups of black twin crystals have been lately discovered in the albite rock of Chesterfield in Massachusetts.
Zygadite, zig′a-dīt, n. a variety of albite found in thin twin crystals at Andreasberg, in the Harz Mountains.
- a colourless, milky-white, yellow, pink, green, or black mineral of the feldspar group and plagioclase series, found in igneous sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. It is used in the manufacture of glass and ceramics. Composition: sodium aluminium silicate. Formula: NaALSi 3 O 8 . Crystal structure: triclinic
C19: from Latin albus white
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- A clear to milky white triclinic mineral of the plagioclase group. Albite is common in igneous rocks, especially granite, and in metamorphic rocks that formed at low temperatures. Chemical formula: NaAlSi3O8.
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