Salton Sea, California
Halite is the crystal form of rock salt, formed from the drying-up of inland seas and salt lakes such as the Salton Sea in southern California. This was once a vast inland sea that covered much of the area, but by the nineteenth century it had all but vanished. Heavy rainfall and snowmelt in 1905 caused the Colorado River to breach a dyke and the modern Salton Sea was formed, exploited a pleasure spot in the 1950's; today, however, it is regarded as an ecological disaster which hurricanes, floods and agricultural run-offs have turned into a stagnant pool with a level of salinity deadly to most of the fish inhabitants. Despite the sad modern history of the area, it still boasts fine halite specimens such as this; the soft translucence of the cubic crystals displays a peach-yellow blush in daylight but under the ultraviolet rays of shortwave light it bursts into fiery life with a strong and vibrant orange color. This fine example measures 8 x 7 3/8 inches.
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