The scientific tourist #177 — Rhodochrosite

A beautiful sample of Rhodochrosite on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science:

Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite is a carbonate of manganese — so strictly speaking, it’s an ore of manganese, and it’s found worldwide. Rhodochrosite is most often found in the form of smaller, pink masses of crystals — large, red crystals like this one are only found in a few places (and obviously valued more for their beauty than their potential as ore). As is often the case, this particular sample came from the Sweet Home Mine in Park County, Colorado — source of many of the most beautiful examples of the mineral.

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