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Tourmaline crystals in quartzite

Tourmaline crystals in quartzite

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

Caption

Tourmaline crystals in quartzite. Close-up of tourmaline crystals (pink) embedded in a quartzite host rock. Tourmaline has a very complex and variable composition. Clear and pure crystals of green and red tourmaline are highly prized gemstones. Quartzite is a hard metamorphic rock that originates from sandstone that has been heated and compressed, usually during tectonic compression. This sample is from San Diego, California, USA.

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