Aquamarine crystals

Aquamarine crystals

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Caption: Aquamarine crystals in muscovite mineral. This is a variety of beryl (beryllium aluminium silicate). Emerald is the green variety, while aquamarine has a green-blue colour. The colour is caused by trace amounts of iron. The hexagonal crystals form the columns seen in the rock. Aquamarine is used as a gemstone.

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Keywords: aquamarine, beryl, beryllium aluminium silicate, column, columns, crystal, crystalline, crystals, earth science, geological, geology, mineral, muscovite, rock, rocks

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