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3 - 3.4
Named in 1789 by Abraham Gottlieb Werner from an old German term for dark minerals with no ore value and from "blende", meaning to deceive.
An informal name for dark green to black amphiboles, mostly ferro-hornblende or magnesio-hornblende according to the current nomenclature.
In the book "Rock-forming minerals, volume 2b, double chain silicates" by Deer, Howie & Zussman (1997), the term "hornblende" is used as a group name for all aluminous amphiboles in the calcium amphibole subgroup.

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Physical Properties of HornblendeHide

3 - 3.4 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Age distributionHide

Recorded ages:
Paleoproterozoic to Neogene : 1606 Ma to 11.0 ± 0.8 Ma - based on 17 recorded ages.

Synonyms of HornblendeHide

Other Language Names for HornblendeHide

Varieties of HornblendeHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Titanite23 photos of Hornblende associated with Titanite on
Calcite21 photos of Hornblende associated with Calcite on
Microcline19 photos of Hornblende associated with Microcline on
Apatite18 photos of Hornblende associated with Apatite on
Fluorapatite16 photos of Hornblende associated with Fluorapatite on
Quartz15 photos of Hornblende associated with Quartz on
Epidote15 photos of Hornblende associated with Epidote on
Hydroxylapatite14 photos of Hornblende associated with Hydroxylapatite on
Albite-Anorthite Series12 photos of Hornblende associated with Albite-Anorthite Series on
Sanidine11 photos of Hornblende associated with Sanidine on

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

Hornblende in petrologyHide

An essential component of rock names highlighted in red, an accessory component in rock names highlighted in green.

References for HornblendeHide

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Barnes, V.E. (1930) Changes in hornblende at about 800°. American Mineralogist: 15: 393-417.
Dodge, F.C.W. JJ. Papike & R.E. May (1968), Hornblendes from granitic rocks of the central Sierra Nevada batholith, California: Jour. Petrology: 9: 378-410.
Robinson, K., Gibbs, G.V., Ribbe, P.H., and Hall, M.R. (1973) Cation distribution in three hornblendes. American Journal of Science: 273A: 522-535.
Spear, F.S. (1981) An experimental study of hornblende stability and compositional variability in amphibolite. American Journal of Science: 281: 697-734.
Litvin, M.A., Platonov, A.N., and Khomenko, V.M. (1986) Effect of titanium isomorphic impurity on the colour and pleochroism of hornblende. Mineralogicheskii Sbornik Lvov: 40: 30-36.
Hawthorne, Frank C. and Roberta Oberti (2006): On the classification of amphiboles: Canadian Mineralogist: 44(1), 1-21.

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