monticellite

monticellite

[mon-tuh-sel-ahyt, -chel-]
noun
a mineral, silicate of magnesium and calcium, CaMgSiO 4 , belonging to the olivine group and often occurring in contact metamorphosed limestones.

Origin:
1825–35; named after T. Monticelli (1758–1846), Italian mineralogist; see -ite1

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monticellite

grayish silicate mineral in the olivine family, calcium and magnesium silicate (CaMgSiO4), that occurs as small crystals or grains in metamorphosed siliceous dolomites, in contact skarn zones (of contact-metamorphic rock rich in iron), and, more rarely, in igneous rocks such as periodotite or nephelinite. For detailed physical properties, see olivine (table)

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