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Anyolite

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Name:"Anyole" is the Maasai word for green.


Anyolite is a metamorphic rock consisting of a granular mass of bright green chrome-zoisite with minor black tschermakite (commonly both as grains a few mm diameter), containing conspicuous coarse porphyroblasts of corundum (var. ruby) which may be up to several centimetres across.

As a generic petrographic description of this rock would be a rather clumsy mouthful, (something like "corundum-tschermakite zoisiteite" ) it has been given a more euphonious name descriptive of its striking colour in the language of the people living in the area of its originally reported (in 1954) locality in Tanzania (http://www.mindat.org/loc-8256.html, see also http://www.mindat.org/loc-211915.html).

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Classification of Anyolite

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Other Names for Anyolite

Synonyms:
Tanganyika artstone
Other Languages:
German:Anyolit
Anyolith
Rubinzoisit

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

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