Other names/forms:Anothite (Ca), Albite (Na)
Most distinguishing features:Parallel striations and white-gray colour separates this mineral from orthoclase (Kspar).
Industrial/economical uses:Concrete, filler, sand, gravel, etc.
Most distinguishing features:Colour, hardness, streak and habit are best indicators. Gives off sparks when struck with a hard metal object.
Industrial/economical uses:May be used as source of iron or sulfur, but not normally of economic value.
Most distinguishing features:Will leave sooty marks if touched.
Industrial/economical uses:Manganese is used to colour bricks.