The Mineral coesite
Coesite is a very rare mineral that forms in unique ultra high metamorphism usually as a result of meteorite impacts. It was named after American chemist Loring Coes, Jr. (1915-1978), who first synthesized Coesite in 1953 before it was naturally discovered in Barringer Crater in 1960.
Colorless to white
7.5 - 8
Transparent to translucent
Occurs only in microscopic prismatic and tabular crystals. It is usually as a white dust or glassy material around Quartz sand pebbles. A synthetic form has been produced with large crystals resembling those of Gypsum.
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Natural Coesite has been reported in the Barringer Crater (also known as Meteor Crater) in Coconino Co., Arizona; Sinking Springs Crater, Ohio; the Kentland Crater, Newton Co., Indiana; the Riess-kessel Crater, Bavaria, Germany; Kimberly, South Africa; and the Dora Maira Massif, Piedmont, Italy.
Common Mineral Associations
Iron/Iron-Nickel, Diamond, Pyrope, Quartz, Ellenbergite