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Glossary & Definitions

Glossary of terms and abbreviations found on the site

     You will find below a glossary of terms and abbreviations found on this site. I am also including links to an English-French dictionary and a French-English dictionnary provided by Philippe Saget of the French Micromineralogy Association that will prove invaluable in correspondance or reading French mineralogical literature.

AP - Altered pegmatites.
BR - Igneous breccias.
Breccia - Rock consisting of sharp fragments
in a fine grained matrix.
FR - Rock forming minerals.
HF - Hornfels.
Hornfels - Fine grained silicate rock produced by metamorphism.
MC - Miarolitic cavities.
Miarolitic - Irregular cavities into which well-formed crystals project.
MSH - Mont Saint-Hilaire.
MX - Marble xenoliths.
PE - Unaltered pegmatites
Pegmatite - Natural igneous rock formation usually characterized by a coarse texture caused by crystallization from an exceptionally fluid magma rich in mineralizers containing rare elements
Rarity factors - Rarity factor tables from common to extremely rare species as explained on the legend page.
SEM - Scanning electron microscope.
SS - Sodalite syenite.
SX - Incorrectly called sodalite xenolith,
proper name is tawite.
Syenite - Intrusive igneous rock composed of
dominant alkaline feldspar.
Xenolith - Fragment of a rock included in another rock.