7.1" Free-Standing Golden Calcite - Chihuahua, Mexico
This is a 7.1" wide, section of golden calcite collected in Chihuahua, Mexico. A sealant has been added to the surface and it stands up nicely on a flat surface making it a unique display piece.
Calcite, CaCO3, is a carbonate mineral and the most stable polymorph of calcium carbonate. The other polymorphs are the minerals aragonite and vaterite. Calcite crystals are trigonal-rhombohedral, though actual calcite rhombohedra are rare as natural crystals. However, they show a remarkable variety of habits including acute to obtuse rhombohedra, tabular forms, and prisms. Calcite exhibits several twinning types adding to the variety of observed forms. It may occur as fibrous, granular, lamellar, or compact. Cleavage is usually in three directions parallel to the rhombohedron form.