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monticellite

[mon-tuh-sel-ahyt, -chel-] /ˌmɒn təˈsɛl aɪt, -ˈtʃɛl-/
noun
1.
a mineral, silicate of magnesium and calcium, CaMgSiO 4 , belonging to the olivine group and often occurring in contact metamorphosed limestones.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; named after T. Monticelli (1758-1846), Italian mineralogist; see -ite1
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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