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Omphacite

Pyroxene

Omphacite is a member of the clinopyroxene group of silicate minerals)(Mg 6. It is a variably deep to pale green or nearly colorless variety of clinopyroxene, which is the high-pressure metamorphic rock. Omphacite is the solid solution of Fe-bearing diopside It crystallizes in the monoclinic with prismatic, typically twinned forms, though usually anhedral. Its space group can be P2/n or C2/c depending on the thermal history. It exhibits the typical near 90° pyroxene cleavage. It is brittle with specific gravity of 3.29 to 3.39 and a Mohs hardness of 5 to 6.

Identification

Color of mineral

Green

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

5
6

The streak

White

Density ( specific gravity )

1.662
1.67
1.685

Luster ( interacts light )

Silky
Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic