Native gold on quartzite

Native gold on quartzite

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Caption: Native gold on quartzite. Close-up of a vein of gold in a quartzite host rock. Quartzite is a hard metamorphic rock that originates from sandstone that has been heated and compressed, usually during tectonic compression.

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