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VIII - Inosilicates (Pyroxene Group)
Crystal habit of Diopside Diopside Diopside

Name   Diopside
Chemistry   CaMg[Si2O6]
Hardness   5 - 6
Lustre   vitreous
Colour   colourless to green, grey, yellow
Streak   white green 
Density [g/cm3]   3.2 - 3.6
Crystal habit   monoclinic, crystals columnar to isometric, also tabular
Cleavage, Fracture   [110] distinct (87°), fracture uneven
other characteristics and occurrences   hedenbergite = Fe-rich variety (solid solution series with diopside),
in contact metamorphic rocks, especially in dolomitic marble with other Ca-silicates, also in plutonic rocks

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