Tourmaline crystals in quartz

Tourmaline crystals in quartz

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Caption: Tourmaline crystals in quartz. The tourmaline crystals (green) are embedded in quartz (silicon dioxide, white or clear). Tourmaline has a very complex and variable composition. Clear and pure crystals of green and red tourmaline are highly prized gemstones. This sample is 8 centimetres across.

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Keywords: close-up, crystal, crystalline, crystals, detail, earth science, geological, geology, mineral, mineralogy, nature, quartz, silicon dioxide, tourmaline

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