5.5" Lustrous Sulfur Crystals on Sparkling Calcite - Poland

This is a stunning, 5.5" wide plate of lustrous sulfur crystals that formed over a bed of calcite, collected from the Machow Mine in Poland. This mine produced some beautiful sulfur specimens in the past but has been flooded and closed for some time.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

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.

The chemical composition of this vibrant mineral is S8, meaning 8 sulfur atoms bonded together to form a sulfur molecule. The crystal structure is typically tabular or as blocky dipyramids that form in sedimentary rock.

One note on handling; sulfur crystals can crack when exposed to rapid changes in temperature.
Sulfur & Calcite
Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg, Subcarpathian Voivodeship, Poland
5.5 x 3.6"