1.7" Quartz Crystal with Epidote Inclusions - China
This is a beautiful, 1.7" wide quartz crystal containing green epidote inclusions scattered throughout the crystal. It comes from the Hongxizhen unnamed mining area in the Sichuan Province of China. The specimen has been mounted to an acrylic display base with mineral tack.
Silicon Dioxide, also known as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.