Down With Bronzite!

November 24, 2009

I came across a reference to the orthopyroxene mineral bronzite in a publication from 1991.  Bronzite has been used to describe ferroan enstatite due to its bronze, sub-metallic appearance.  I have to say that using this term to refer to a ferroan enstatite or ferroan orthopyroxene is misleading.  In fact, it only confuses the matter.  The mineral is not related to bronze or any other metallic metal.  The name alone conjurs up categorical mayhem. 

Because bronzite has been used in the literature I am including a reference to it in the paper I’m writing.  Begrudingly.  But I kind of feel like I have to because others might not understand bronzite and ferroan enstatite are the same thing.   They’d read my paper, scratch their heads and curse at me for not understanding the historical reasons for using bronzite.  After all, isn’t that part of its beauty?  Um, no.  But I’m not on that side of the fence.  So Butter Side Up for me only, please.

In my opinion, the term should be relegated to the Bronze Ages and left there.