Spessartite (garnet) crystals growing on albite

Spessartite (garnet) crystals growing on albite

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Caption: Crystals of spessartite (orange) growing on an aggregate of albite crystals. Spessartite (manganese aluminium silicate) is one of several varieties of garnet. It varies in colour from yellowish-orange to reddish-violet and is used as a gemstone. Albite (sodium aluminium silicate) is colourless or white and forms two different types of crystal; the prismatic variety seen here (known as pericline) and a lamellar (plate-like) variety (known as cleavelandite). This specimen measures 4 x 4 cm and was found in Pedra Bonita's Mine, Carnauba dos Dantas, Brazil.

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Keywords: albite, earth science, garnet, geology, spessartite

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