Diopside


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diopside

[dī′äp‚sīd]
(mineralogy)
CaMg(SiO3)2 A white to green monoclinic pyroxene mineral which forms gray to white, short, stubby, prismatic, often equidimensional crystals. Also known as malacolite.

Diopside

 

a rock-forming mineral, a silicate of the group of monoclinic pyroxenes. Its chemical composition is CaMg[Si2O6]; part of the Mg can be replaced by Fe2+. Gray to grayish-green in color, it has a hardness on the mineralogical scale of 5.5-6 and a density of 3,270-3,400 kg/m3. Diopside is usually encountered as irregularly shaped grains with a good cleavage in gabbro, diabase, diorite, syenite, skarn, and other igneous and metamorphic rocks. More rarely it forms large transparent green crystals (so-called baikalite).

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According to the researchers, when the amount of diopside added to the base of hydroxyapatite increases up to 30 weight percent, the size of final composite grain and its size distribution significantly decreases after two steps of sintering process.
Castellanos and co-workers (personal communication) described in detail the characteristic mineral assemblages from reaction zones recognized in marbles, which include calcite + graphite [+ or -] quartz; calcite + diopside [+ or -] tremolite [+ or -] epidote-group minerals [+ or -] muscovite; calcite + wollastonite + quartz + garnet + diopside; calcite + dolomite + Ti-clinohumite + diopside + forsterite + clinochlore [+ or -] graphite; calcite + forsterite + tremolite; dolomite + calcite + clinochlore.
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44-63]), diopside and/or calcic hornblende, magnetite and minor quartz (less than 5%).
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China University of Geoscience researchers discovered microscopic grains of diopside, ilmenite, chromite and garnet in both fossil gravels and modern river sediments.
For instance, trace amounts of limonite impart a yellowish brown color; serpentine, hornblende, and diopside produce varying tones of green; minute quantities of hematite, vesuvianite, and garnet introduce a reddish brown hue; sphene, epidote, and chondrodite give a yellow tinge; and plant and animal remains produce shades of dark gray to almost black.
Kimberlite indicator minerals, including pyrope garnet, chromite, picro-ilmenite, chrome diopside, and olivine were recovered from 356 samples.