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page 29 of the online mineral catalog: calcite corner -- and a glimpse of pink halite too

2011-07-04 - 8:22 a.m.

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calcite corner

We're overdue for another visit to the online mineral museum. Today, why not take a trip to Calcite Corner? This interesting mineral is found growing in a variety of styles and colors. My largest piece, the red and yellow Dogtooth Calcite Crystal cluster, is Chihuahua, Mexico. It has a couple of smaller side-kicks in front.

Also from Chihuahua is a nice, transparent piece of Iceland Spar calcite:

The green and maybe also the pink Calcite chunks are also from Mexico.

Elmwood, Tennessee is a famous site where many large, beautiful Golden Calcite crystals were collected. A staple in the Calcite collection.

I saw one of these offered for 200 euros in Paris, which makes me wonder what they smoke in Paris, but I think most people can find a specimen for a much better price than that.

We somehow acquired a large Mexican coconut that was cracked, instead of being sawed open. One of the lovely, clear Calcite crystals has fallen out, so it is currently a three piece specimen. I may look into repairing the specimen with epoxy.

the other half looks the same but didn't have as much calcite in it!

I also have some remarkable pink Aragonite, a different form of the same mineral. You can see it at the back of the top photograph. It looks like a bubbly bit of pink Coral or something. The other pink specimen in front of it, yet behind the Elmwoods, the one with the blocky pink crystals all over, is actually Halite (salt), which explains why it is slowly disintegrating in the humid clime of southeast Louisiana.

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