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stishovite

Line breaks: stisho|vite
Pronunciation: /ˈstɪʃəvʌɪt
 
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Definition of stishovite in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A mineral that is a dense polymorph of silica and is formed at very high pressures, especially in meteorite craters.
Example sentences
  • In order to explore the release ‘isentrope’ we also re-traced the loading curve backwards for stishovite and alpha-quartz cases only.
  • Furthermore, we provide experimental confirmation of the prediction that the transition from stishovite to the CaCl 2 type structure near 50 GPa is accompanied by an elastic instability.
  • Here we use in situ Raman spectroscopy and a new theoretical model to investigate the high-pressure behaviour of stishovite.

Origin

1960s: from the name of Sergei M. Stishov, 20th-century Russian chemist, + -ite1.

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