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Calcite

Pseudomorph

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Description
Locality: 
Cianciana Mines, Cianciana, Agrigento Province, Sicily, Italy
Class: 
Crystals on Matrix
Size Range: 
Miniature (4.5-7 cm)
Size: 
4.5 × 6.6 × 5.9 cm
Largest Crystal: 
1.40cm
Description

Elegant aggregate of pale yellow calcite rhombs epimorphing a pre-existing mineral (possibly aragonite or celestite; not easibly discernible due to the richness of the coverage). Lustre is good for the specie, as calcite is very well developed. This is a very nice drusy which develops in a vug of sulphur-rich evaporite, a classic matrix for these specimens.
Not tested for fluorescence, although they are typically very strongly range from bright white to pink-orange.
Provided some very minor sporadic contacts, the specimen is in excellent conditions and it displays beautifully. I did acquire it a few years ago from an Austrian collector, whose German handwritten label is pasted on the back of the specimen (not depicted).

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Calcite

Polymorph of: 
Formula: 
CaCO3
Strunz: 
5.AB.05
Crystal System: 
Trigonal
Hardness: 
3.0
Streak: 
White

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