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Kassite_(mineral)

Hydroxide mineral

Kassite is a rare mineral whose chemical formula is CaTi2O4(OH)2. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic crystal system and forms radiating rosettes and pseudo-hexagonal tabular crystals which are commonly twinned. Kassite crystals are brownish pink to pale yellow in color, are translucent, and have an adamantine luster. Cleavage is distinctly visible, and the crystals are very brittle.

It was first described in 1965 in the Afrikanda pyroxenite massif and was named for Nikolai Grigorievich Kassin (1885–1949), a prominent Russian geologist. It occurs as miarolytic in the Kola occurrence and in nepheline syenite in the Magnet Cove igneous complex , US. Its mineral association includes cafetite (which with it is also polymorphous), perovskite , rutile.

Identification

Color of mineral

Red
Brown
Yellow

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

5

Density ( specific gravity )

1.95
2.13
2.21

Luster ( interacts light )

Adamantine

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic