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Calcite (sparry)  (Iceland Spar)CaCO3

Class: Carbonate
Hardness: 3
Density: 2.7
Streak: White
Lustre: Vitreous
Habit: Large crystals, some exhibiting common twin striae
Colours: White

  Crystal System: Hexagonal
Cleavage: Perfect rhombohedral
Fracture: Subconchoidal
Magnetism: None
Reaction with HCl: Strong

Identification in hand sample:
Hardness, crystal habit and twin striae are typical.

Associations:
Common as a cementing agent in clastic sediments or as fossil fragments.

Industrial / ecomonic uses:
Used in the manufacture of portland cement (quicklime) and in the pharmaceutical industry.

Comments:
The transparent variety is called "Iceland Spar".

  

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