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Oligoclase
NaAlSi3O8

     Oligoclase, a member of the feldspar group, is moderately rare at MSH.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually dull green.
Luster is vitreous.
Diaphaneity is transparent to translucent.
Crystal System is triclinic; C1.
Crystal Habits include phenocrysts.
Cleavage {001} is perfect and {010} is good.
Fracture is conchoidal to uneven.
Hardness is 6 - 6.5
Specific Gravity is approximately 2.65 g/cm3.
Streak is white.
Associated Minerals include (??).
Distinguishing Features: Crystal habit.
Origin: Named in 1826 from the Greek oligos, small, plus klan, to break,
   because it was thought to have a less perfect cleavage than albite.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 76.1.3.2

Strunz Classification
# VIII/J.07-30

REFERENCES:
Dana 8:1608-1614 (1997)

DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

MSH
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PE
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AP
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MX
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SS
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MC
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HF
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BR
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SX
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FR
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