Sample of the mineral cassiterite

Sample of the mineral cassiterite

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Caption: Sample of cassiterite. Cassiterite, a form of tin oxide, occur either as stubby prismatic crystals or (as here) a black granular mass. When cut in section and polished, the inner banded structure has the appearance of burr wood, known as 'wood tin'. Cassiterite is a major ore of tin. This sample was found in Cornwall.

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Keywords: cassiterite, earth science, geology, mineral, ore, tin, type

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