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Mesolite

Tectosilicate,zeolite

Mesolite is a tectosilicate mineral with formula Na 10)3·8H2O group and is closely related to natrolite which it also resembles in appearance.

Mesolite crystallizes in the orthorhombic system and typically forms fibrous, acicular prismatic crystals or masses. Radiating sprays of needlelike crystals are not uncommon. It is vitreous in luster and clear to white in color. It has a Mohs hardness of 5 to 5.5 and a low specific gravity of 2.2 to 2.4. The refractive indices are nα=1.505 nβ=1.505 nγ=1.506.

Identification

Color of mineral

White
Grey
Brown
Yellow

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

5

Density ( specific gravity )

1.505
1.505
1.505

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous
Silky

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic