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Perovskite

#RW50122

Perovskite

#RW50122
Availability
Sold
Size
7 x 4 x 4.5 cm - Sm Cabinet 
Formula
CaTiO3 (RRUFF)
Locality
Dallas Gem mine, San Benito Co., California, United States
Tagged
ore mineral

Titanium is corrosion resistant and used in materials that need to be high strength and light weight. Alloys of Titanium are capable of withstanding high temperatures and thus used in many aerospace applications. Important ores of Titanium are Ilmenite (31.6% Ti) and Rutile (60% Ti). Although Perovskite contains more Titanium (35%), than Ilmenite, it is not as common as Ilmenite, and thus not an important ore. Important ore sources are Western Australia, Canada, and China.

This specimen contains abundant Perovskite as tiny cubic crystals up to 3mm.

 

Perovskite

Formula
CaTiO3 
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Crystal Habit
Reniform, Pseudo Cubic, Pseudo Hexagonal 
Cleavage
Good, Good, Good 
Luster
Sub Metallic 
Color
black, reddish brown, pale yellow, yellowish orange 
Streak
grayish white 
Class
Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal 
Fracture
Conchoidal 
Hardness
5.5 

Data courtesy of Webmineral.

Collection
Robert J. Waidler Collection

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