Native arsenic

Native arsenic

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Native arsenic. This rare form of arsenic (As) has here formed curved and layered accretions with a dull blue black lustre and a bulbous shape on the surface. Arsenic is used mainly in insecticides and in semiconductors. This sample is from a historically famous location, the St Andreasberg mine in lower Saxony, Germany. The sample is 12.5 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: arsenic, close-up, detail, earth science, geological, geology, german, germany, metal, mineral, mineralogy, native arsenic, nature, ore, saxony, st andreasberg mine

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