Hydrothermal veins

Hydrothermal veins

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hydrothermal veins of cryptocrystalline quartz intruded into metamorphosed Silurian rocks under extreme heat and pressure once deep in the earth's crust, now exposed at beach level at Tresaith, Ceredigion, West Wales Coast.

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Keywords: cryptocrystalline quartz, earths crust, geology, heat, hydrothermal veins, metamorphism, mineralogy, minerals, pressure, quartz

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