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Grossite

Oxide mineral

Grossite is a calcium aluminium oxide mineral with formula CaAl4O7. It is a colorless to white vitreous mineral which crystallizes in the monoclinic

Grossite was first described 1994 for an occurrence in the Hatrurim Formation. It was named for Shulamit Gross (1923–2012) of the Geological Survey of Israel

It occurs within high temperature metamorphosed impure limestone of the Hatrurim Formation and also within calcium-aluminium rich inclusions in chondritic meteorites. Associated minerals in the Hatrurium include brownmillerite , mayenite. In meteorites it occurs with perovskite , spinel

Identification

Color of mineral

White

Density ( specific gravity )

1.618
1.618
1.652

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic