Formula: SiO2 simple oxide, rutile group
Stishovite is an ultra-high pressure paramorph of quartz
Specific gravity: 4.28 to 4.35
Hardness: 7¾ to 8
Solubility: Insoluble in common acids and only very slowly soluble in HF
Impact zone of a meteorite
Stishovite formed from quartz through high transient shock pressure and high temperature, in
the impact craters of
large meteorites, where it is found as microscopic grains. Also in ultra-high pressure rocks.
Stishovite is a very high pressure paramorph of quartz. With increasing pressure, coesite alters to stishovite at about 90 kbar, and at about 2,770oC and 110 kbar pressure, coesite, stishovite and the silica melt are in equilibrium (QP).
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