Lustrous Yellow Apatite Crystals on Calcite - Morocco

This specimen contains multiple greenish-yellow apatite crystals that formed from a cluster of calcite. This crystal cluster was collected from Imilchil, Morocco. Only one of the apatite crystals has a pristine termination. One point separated from cluster and was reattached correctly.

Apatite's bright, lustrous crystals form hexagonal shapes with off-center terminations. They are found in vugs (small cavities in rock), often associated with quartz and calcite. Many crystals are around an inch in length, though larger crystals up to about 4 inches long have been found.

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.
FOR SALE
$65
DETAILS
SPECIES
Apatite & Calcite
LOCATION
Imilchil, Er Rachidia Province, Morocco
SIZE
Cluster is 3.2"x2.3"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#84312