Mineralpedia Details for Anatase
Named in reference to the length of the pyramidal faces of the mineral as being longer in relation to the base in comparison to other tetragonal minerals, after the Greek word anatasis, meaning “uplift,” or in some translations, “extension.” Anatase is relatively common and widespread and can be found in localities in Switzerland, France, Norway, Russia, England, Wales, Brazil, the United States, and Canada, among several others. Anatase is usually a secondary mineral that has been derived from other titanium minerals, but can also be found in Alpine veins derived from hydrothermal solutions, in igneous an metamorphic rocks, pegmatites, carbonatites, and commonly as a detrital mineral.
Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/anatase.pdf
- Crystal System
- Crystal Habit
- Pyramidal, Tabular
- Perfect, Distinct, None
- Adamantine - Resinous
- black, reddish brown, yellowish brown, dark blue, gray
- pale yellowish white
- Tetragonal - Ditetragonal Dipyramidal
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Anatase from Kharan dist., Baluchistan, Pakistan
Well formed, striated, translucent brown Anatase crystal 5mm on Quartz matrix.
Anatase from Mid State quarry, Magnet Cove, Hot Springs Co., Arkansas, United States
Sharp black, lustrous crystals to 1.5mm.
Anatase from Maderanertal, Uri, Switzerland
BLUE Anatase crystal cluster to 4mm. Excellent, euhedral crystals with good blue transparency.
Anatase from Hardangervidda Matskorhae, Hordaland Fylke, Norway
3mm Crystal on Quartz
Anatase from Minas Novas, near Malacacheta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
A gemmy, odd-shaped, thick tabular, reddish brown, lustrous Anatase single crystal.
Anatase from Dodo mine, Saranpaul, Prepolar Ural, Russia
Several blue, very nice Anatase crystals on this specimen of mica schist and Quartz. The largest crystal is 5mm but most are 1 to 2mm.
Anatase from Hardangervidda, Norway
Sharply pointed cluster of deep blue lustrous Anatase crystals.