Hardness: 5 - 6
Density: 2.9 - 3.2
Habit: Aggregate of acicular grains.
| ||Crystal System: Monoclinic|
Reaction with HCl: None
Identification in hand sample:
Noticable habit of white acicular grains.
Common in contact and regional metamorphosed calcareous sediments. Associated are calcite, dolomite, forsterite, garnet, diopside, wollastonite and talc.
Industrial / ecomonic uses:
Sometimes used as an asbestos mineral, and thus linked as a health hazard.