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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 920 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ANATASE, one of the three mineral forms of titanium dioxide. It is always- found as small, isolated and sharply developed crystals, and like rutile, a more commonly occurring modification of titanium dioxide, it crystallizes in the tetragonal system; but, although the degree of symmetry is the same for both, there is no relation between the interfacial angles of the two minerals, except, of course, in the prism-zone of 450 and 9o°. The common pyramid {III} (fig. I) of anatase,' parallel to the faces of which there are perfect cleavages, has an angle over the polar edge of 82° 9', the corresponding angle (III): (i11) of rutile being 56° 522'. It was on account of this steeper pyramid of anatase that the mineral was named, by R. J. Haiiy in 18oi, from the Gr. avaravls, " extension," the vertical' axis of the crystals being longer than in rutile. There are also important differences ' For the notation see CRYSTALLOGRAPHY. between the physical characters of anatase and rutile; the former is not quite so hard (H=54-6) or dense (sp. gr.=3.9); it is optically negative, rutile being positive; and its lustre is even more strongly adamantine or metallic-adamantine than that of rutile. Two types or habits of anatase crystals may be distinguished. The commoner occurs as simple acute double pyramids { Ill} (fig. r) with an indigo-blue to black colour and steely lustre. Crystals of this kind are abundant at Le Bourg d'Oisans in Dauphine, where they are associated with rock-crystal, felspar and axinite in crevices in granite and mica-schist. Similar crystals, but of microscopic size, are widely distributed in sedimentary rocks, such as sandstones, clays and slates, from which they may be separated by washing away the lighter constituents of the powdered rock. Crystals of the second type have numerous pyramidal faces developed, and they are usually flatter or sometimes prismatic in habit (fig. 2); the colour is honey-yellow to brown. Such crystals closely resemble xenotime in appearance and, indeed, were for a long time supposed to belong to this species, the special name wiserine being applied to them. They occur attached to the walls of crevices in the gneisses of the Alps, the Binnenthal near Brieg in canton Valais, Switzerland, being a well-known locality. When strongly heated, anatase is converted into rutile, changing in specific gravity to 4.1; naturally occurring pseudo-morphs of rutile after anatase are also known. Crystals of anatase have been artificially prepared by several methods; for instance, by the interaction of steam and titanium chloride or fluoride. Another name commonly in use for this mineral is octahedrite, a name which, indeed, is earlier than anatase, and given because of the common (acute) octahedral habit of the crystals. Other names, now obsolete, are oisanite and dauphinite, from the well-known French locality. (L. J. S.)
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