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Nesosilicate,olivine group,olivine series

The mineral) is a magnesium with the formula (Mg 4. Thus, it is a type of nesosilicate or orthosilicate. The primary component of the Earth's upper mantle it is a common mineral in Earth's subsurface, but weathers quickly on the surface. For this reason, Olivine has been proposed as a good candidate for accelerated weathering to sequester carbon dioxide from the Earth's oceans and atmosphere, as part of climate change mitigation. Olivine has a number of other historical uses as gemstones , usually called peridot and chrysolite, and industrially for metal working processes.

The ratio of magnesium to iron varies between the two endmembers series: forsterite 2Si 4) and fayalite 2Si 4). Compositions of olivine are commonly expressed as molar percentages of forsterite (Fo) and fayalite (Fa) (e.g., Fo70Fa30). Forsterite's melting temperature is unusually high at atmospheric pressure, almost 1,900 °C (3,450 °F), while fayalite's is much lower — about 1,200 °C (2,190 °F). Melting temperature varies smoothly between the two endmembers, as do other properties. Olivine incorporates only minor amounts of elements other than oxygen (O), silicon (Fe). Manganese (Ni) commonly are the additional elements present in highest concentrations.

Olivine gives its name to the group of minerals with a related structure (the olivine group)—which includes tephroite 2SiO4), monticellite (Ca2SiO4) and kirschsteinite (CaFeSiO4) (commonly also spelled kirschteinite).

Olivine's crystal structure incorporates aspects of the orthorhombic, which arise from each silica (SiO4) unit being joined by metal divalent cations with each oxygen in SiO4 bound to three metal ions. It has a spinel -like structure similar to magnetite but uses one quadrivalent and two divalent cations M22+ M4+O4 instead of two trivalent and one divalent cations.


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