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Rhodochrosite


Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate, structurally related to calcite. Lampadius (1800) first used this mineral name, as cited in Hausmann's 1813 Handbuch der Mineralogie. The name combines Greek roots rhodo for rose and chrosis for coloring. Rhodochrosite is highly popular among mineral collectors due to its color, transparency, and crystal size.

Rhodochrosite here forms tabular crystals to 6 mm across, dusted with specular hematite. The association with hematite is characteristic f specimens from this region, also known as the Lake Superior iron district. For the collector of rhodochrosite looking for an exotic locality.

Price: $45

Item code: MS1421

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