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2.7" Sparkling Botryoidal Rhodochrosite - Santa Eulalia, Mexico
This is a gorgeous aggregations of sparkling rhodochrosite crystals that are tightly packed together, creating this salmon-pink botryoidal formation. The specimen was collected from the Santa Eulalia mining district of Chihuahua, Mexico and including the quartz encrusted matrix, measures 2.7" wide. There is a partially exposed crystal with rhombohedral cleavage, beneath the rhodochrosite.
Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral with them chemical composition MnCO3. The crystals typically have a pink-red coloration and cleaves with rhombohedral cleaving in three directions. It forms from hydrothermal pockets and can be found as both crystals and in banded formations.
Rhodochrosite & Quartz
Potosi Mine, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Chihuahua, Mexico
Entire Specimen: 2.7 x 1.5"