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Acanthite is composed mostly of the precious metal silver, and is its most important ...
Acanthite is composed mostly of the precious metal silver, and is its most important
. Acanthite and
are usually grouped together in mineral guides as one mineral. However, they are scientifically recognized as two unique minerals, even though they are composed of the same substance. They only differ in
. As explained below in more detail, Argentite cannot exist at normal temperatures. Specimens labeled as Argentite are sometimes sold by dealers, however, these specimens are really Acanthite
s after Argentite.
Acanthite is named for the Greek term
, which means "thorn", in allusion to it pointy crystal forms. Argentite is named for
, which is the Latin word used for silver.
Actinolite and Tremolite are two very similar minerals that form a series with each o...
are two very similar minerals that form a
with each other and essentially share the same
. Actinolite has a greater presence of iron over magnesium, whereas Tremolite has a greater presence of magnesium over iron.
The green color of Actinolite is produced by the iron in its
. The amount of iron varies among specimens, causing different contrasts of green. More iron will give a specimen a darker color.
Actinolite sometimes occurs as thin, splintery
crystals. If the inclusions are parallel and dense, it will cause
in the Quartz.
Actinolite and Tremolite share several recognized varieties.
, a thickly
and leathery variety, has a
, a soft felt-like feel, and
, another fibrous variety, is made up of tough, interlocking fibers, so dense that the fibers are not discernible. Translucent Nephrite with a uniform or interesting color distribution that is extremely tough fits under the category of
Actinolite and Tremolite both contain a form of
which is made of movable and
s. Actinolite asbestos is less common; most forms are in fact Tremolite. This form of the mineral contains significant health hazards and is further discussed in the
mineral detail page.