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Wollastonite

Inosilicate

Wollastonite is a calcium mineral 3) that may contain small amounts of iron substituting for calcium. It is usually white. It forms when impure limestone is subjected to high temperature and pressure, which sometimes occurs in the presence of silica-bearing fluids as in skarns or in contact with metamorphic rocks. Associated minerals include garnets, tremolite, pyroxene and calcite. It is named after the English chemist and mineralogist William Hyde Wollaston (1766–1828).

Some of the properties that make wollastonite so useful are its high brightness and white coloration, low moisture and oil absorption, and low volatile content. Wollastonite is used primarily in ceramics, friction products (brakes and clutches), metalmaking, paint filler, and plastics.

Despite its chemical similarity to the compositional spectrum of the pyroxene substitution for calcium and hedenbergite respectively—it is structurally very different, with a third SiO4 tetrahedron in the linked chain (as opposed to two in the pyroxenes).

Identification

Color of mineral

White
Grey

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

4.5

Density ( specific gravity )

1.616
1.628
1.631

Luster ( interacts light )

Dull
Pearly
Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Triclinic