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Hematite : Fe2O3, Quartz : SiO2

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Hematite : Fe2O3, Quartz : SiO2

Copyright © Collection and photo, Paul De Bondt  - This image is copyrighted. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

Nice Hematite crystal flower on Quartz crystals from " Le Brézouard ".
This piece has an history I will never forget. I found it while hiking in the massif on July 13, 1983. It was near noon and we decided to stop to eat. There where a few fallen trees and we decided to use them as a bench. While sitting there, there was something shining in my eye in the plant covered trench made by the footpath. I moved my head from the left to the right, but it kept on shining. I went to see what it was and found this piece in the earth. I moved the earth around and found more than 30 pieces of it, some of them where 12 cm big. It looked like there had been a vug who had broken up by winter frost. If we had stopped a second sooner or later, I would have never found it. Strange also is that the Hematite is sitting ON the quartz, and that the other specimens, tiny Quartz was covering the Hematite. The brown coating is a mixture of Limonite with coroded Siderite.
Specimen size, 40 mm.
Collection and photo, Paul De Bondt.

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Photo added: 14th Aug 2009