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Opal in its host rock

Opal in its host rock

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5197 x 3465 pixels

43.9 x 29.5 cm ⏐ 17.3 x 11.6 in (300dpi)

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DIRK WIERSMA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DIRK WIERSMA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Opal in its host rock. Opals are a form of hydrated silica glass. They are not truly crystalline, and are classified as mineraloids. Here the opal has taken on a botryoidal (grape-like) form and lacks the colour and lustre of the precious forms used in jewellery. This specimen is from Lolling, near Huttenberg, Austria.

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