- a blue to dark-gray mineral near the anorthite end of the plagioclase feldspar group.
Origin of bytownite
1865–70; named after Bytown (old name of Ottawa, Canada), where first found; see -ite1
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These consist of hornblende (dark green) and basic plagioclase felspar, labradorite and bytownite (grey or nearly white).
The felspar ranges from bytownite to oligoclase, being usually a variety of labradorite; orthoclase is scarce.
Isolated crystals of bytownite bounded by well-defined faces are unknown.
These intermediate members are the lime-soda felspars known as oligoclase, andesine, labradorite and bytownite.
- A bluish to dark gray triclinic mineral of the plagioclase feldspar group that contains a higher proportion of calcium than sodium. Bytownite occurs in alkaline igneous rocks. Chemical formula: (Ca,Na)(Si,Al)4O8.
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