Cubic fluorite

Cubic fluorite

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Caption: Cubic fluorite crystals. Also known as fluorspar or Blue John, this mineral is composed of calcium fluoride. It is used extensively as a flux material in the smelting of iron and also in the ceramic and chemical industries. This deep purple variety is also known as blue John. This sample is from Mexico.

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Keywords: blue john, calcium fluoride, crystal, cubic, earth science, fluorite, fluorspar, geological, geology, habit, mexican, mexico, mineral, mineralogy, north america, north american, one, purple, single

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