Kyanite Photos  
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Roger Weller, geology instructor    copyright 2010-R.Weller

kyanite crystals in schist-1
Kyanite is aluminum silicate. It is a metamorphic mineral that forms blue blade-like
crystals.  Often the crystals are darker color near the center and a lighter color
towards the outer edges of the blades.  Kyanite is unique in that it has two different
hardness depending upon direction.  Kyanite commonly occurs in a schist.  Parallel
to the length of the crystal kyanite has a hardness of 5; at right right angles to this
direction it is 7.


kyanite                                                                                                                                           5697
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