Gypsum fishbone crystal

Gypsum fishbone crystal

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Crystal twinning of gypsum here brings about a pattern of bilateral symmetry suggestive of fishbone. Gypsum is a calcium sulphate mineral (CaSO4.2H2O) of very widespread occurrence worldwide and with many bulk-industrial uses. Sample is from the Provence in France. Actual height is 90 mm.

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Keywords: bilateral, bilateral symmetry, bulk, calcium, dihydrate, fishbone, gypsum, industrial, mineral, pattern, sulphate, symmetry, twinning

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