What is the difference between Hornblende and Amphibole?

The difference between hornblende and amphibole

is that “hornblende” is a green to black amphibole mineral, of complex structure, formed in the late stages of cooling in igneous rock and “amphibole” is any of a large group of structurally similar hydrated double silicate minerals, containing various combinations of sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and aluminium/aluminum.

hornblende

amphibole

Noun

  • (mineralogy) A green to black amphibole mineral, of complex structure, formed in the late stages of cooling in igneous rock.

Noun

  • (mineralogy) Any of a large group of structurally similar hydrated double silicate minerals, containing various combinations of sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and aluminium/aluminum

Examples

  • Remember when we could see the mountain’s peak?
  • The sparkle off the amphibole.