3" Fluorescent, Yellow Calcite Crystal Cluster - South Dakota

This is a cluster of yellow calcite crystals that was collected from Meade County, South Dakota. Under long wave and short wave UV, these crystals react by fluorescing orange-yellow (long wave UV) and white-yellow (short wave UV).

Calcite, CaCO3, is a carbonate mineral and the most stable polymorph of calcium carbonate. The other polymorphs are the minerals aragonite and vaterite. Calcite crystals are trigonal-rhombohedral, though actual calcite rhombohedra are rare as natural crystals. However, they show a remarkable variety of habits including acute to obtuse rhombohedra, tabular forms, and prisms. Calcite exhibits several twinning types adding to the variety of observed forms. It may occur as fibrous, granular, lamellar, or compact. Cleavage is usually in three directions parallel to the rhombohedron form.
Elk Creek, Meade County, South Dakota
3 x 2.7"