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Geikielite

Oxide mineral

Geikielite is a magnesium titanium oxide mineral with formula: MgTiO3. It is a member of the ilmenite group. It crystallizes in the trigonal system forming typically opaque, black to reddish black crystals.

It was first described in 1892 for an occurrence in the Ceylonese gem bearing gravel placers. It was named for Scottish geologist Sir Archibald Geikie impure magnesian limestones derived from ultramafic rocks and carbonatites , spinel , diopside , forsterite, chlorite

Identification

Color of mineral

Black
Red

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

5

The streak

Brown

Density ( specific gravity )

2.31
1.95

Luster ( interacts light )

Metallic

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Trigonal