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Anthophyllite

Inosilicates,amphibole

Anthophyllite is an amphibole : ☐Mg2Mg5Si8O22(OH)2 (☐ is for a vacancy, a point defect in the crystal structure), magnesium inosilicate. Anthophyllite is polymorphic. Some forms of anthophyllite are lamellar or fibrous and are classed as asbestos. The name is derived from the Latin word anthophyllum, meaning clove, an allusion to the most common color of the mineral.

Identification

Color of mineral

Grey
Green
Brown
Beige

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

5.5

Density ( specific gravity )

1.598
1.605
1.615

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous
Pearly

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic