Desert rose of gypsum crystals

Desert rose of gypsum crystals

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Desert rose of gypsum crystals. A desert rose is formed when sand becomes embedded in solidifying crystals of gypsum. The crystals form 'petals' arranged in a rosette shape. These structures usually occur in dry, arid climates. This sample stands 450 millimetres high.

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Keywords: crystal, crystalline, crystals, desert rose, earth science, geological, geology, gypsum, mineral, rosette, sand

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