Cascandite

The chemical formula of mineral Cascandite is indicated by Ca(Sc,Fe++)Si3O8(OH). Cascandite is usually found forming in miarolitic cavities in granite. Mineral Cascandite is usually found from its type of locality from the Diverio quarry, Mt. Mottarone, near Baveno, Piedmont, Italy. Cascandite was named for CAlcium and SCANDium in the composition. Mineral Cascandite is known to crystallize in the triclinic system of crystal formation. In optical mineralogy, this triclinic crystal system commonly comprises crystals having three axes, of which all are unequal in length and are positioned oblique to one another. Cascandite is commonly found with good cleavage in two directions. Cascandite is commonly found light pink in hand sample. The density measure of mineral Cascandite is usually found 3.01 grams per cubic centimeters. Most crystals of mineral Cascandite are found transparent in appearance. The hardness measure of mineral Cascandite is usually found ranging from 4.5 to 5.5. Mineral Cascandite is usually found showing vitreous to glassy luster when viewed in reflected light of petrographic polarizing microscopes. Mineral Cascandite is most commonly found leaving white streak when rubbed on white porrcelain streak plate. Cascandite is usually found showing biaxial figure when evaluated between crossed nicols of polarizing microscopes and 0.0210 birefringence. Cascandite is also found to be not radioactive.