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    CALCITE
    Dhindori Quarry, Talegaon, Dindori (Dhindori), Nashik District (Nasik District), Maharashtra, India

    As straightforward as mineralogy seems to be, every so often something shows up that indicates - well, maybe we don't know everything. Nature has provided us with an engaging puzzle wrapped up in this apparently simple 3.63 inches (9.2 cm) Calcite crystal. The component parts are all well known and understood: Calcite in scalenohedral form; Quartz - as stalactites, and as a druzy coating ; and finally two salmon colored Stilbite groups. The puzzle revolves around the ordered relationship between the Quartz stalactites and the Calcite. Looking straight down on the Calcite it is very apparent that not only did the growing Calcite crystal influence where the Quartz "fingers" decided to grow, it also influenced the dark narrow lines of inclusions along the Quartz fingers. All of which begs the question: "And just how did it do that?" Answering that question is not a prerequisite to owning or appreciating this unusual specimen - it will not be on the final exam. There is a bruise on the back of the Calcite, but no other visible flaws. Besides the joy of owning it, the new owner can take a certain amount of sadistic glee, in asking visiting mineralogists to explain the physics.
    Overall measurements: 3.25 x 3.25 x 2.5 inches (8.3 x 8.3 x 6.4 cm).

    Provenance: Mountain Minerals International [Hoppel # D1477]


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    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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