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Orthoclase and quartz crystals

Orthoclase and quartz crystals

C014/9410

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31.0 x 20.6 cm ⏐ 12.2 x 8.1 in (300dpi)

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

Caption

Orthoclase and quartz crystals. Sample of rock containing orthoclase crystals (dirty white) interspersed with quartz crystals (dark transparent). Orthoclase, or adularia, is a type of feldspar (potassium aluminium silicate) and a major granite-forming mineral. Quartz is a form of silica (silicon dioxide). This specimen was found in the Sinai desert, Egypt. Actual width is 105 mm.

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