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Mineral Information on:
rutile


Chemical Group:    oxide

Chemical Formula:    
TiO2

Color:  reddish-brown, red, yellowish, bluish, violet, black

Streak: pale brown

 

Hardness:  6 to 6.5          Specific Gravity:  4.18 to 4.25

Fracture:  subconchoidal to uneven

Cleavage:  2 directions

Transparency:  transparent to opaque

 

Crystal Forms and Habits:  Tetragonal system
     Crystals are commonly prismatic, acicular, vertically striated
     Twinning is common

Mineral Associations:

Identifying Characteristics:

Uses:  ore of titanium, white paint pigment

Occurrences:  rutilated quartz from Minas Geraes, Brazil

Toxicity:      when-swallowed- low          when inhaled- moderate

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