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Desert Rose

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A (more or less) rose-like crystal group formed by precipitation in (usually) arid desert regions containing trapped sand particles. Usually gypsum is the host mineral (Gypsum Rose), but baryte (Baryte Rose), celestine and other minerals can form Desert Rose groups, too.

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Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Gypsum4 photos of Desert Rose associated with Gypsum on
Selenite1 photo of Desert Rose associated with Selenite on

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No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

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This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

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- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
Museu Geologico of Lisbon mineral collection
  • Buenos Aires
    • Bahía Blanca
      • General Daniel Cerri
Raúl Jorge Tauber Larry
  • Apulia
    • Foggia Province
      • Manfredonia
Caldara M., Pennetta L. (1993): Ambienti aridi del tipo "Sabkha" nei sedimenti olocenici della piana costiera fra Manfredonia e Zapponeta (Foggia). Bonifica, VIII, 3, 73-82; Bruno G., Forti P., Zorzin R. (1999): Le rose del deserto della Puglia: nuove ipotesi genetiche. In: Ruggeri R. (ed.), Atti del I° Seminario di Studi su “Il Carsismo negli Iblei e nell’area sud-mediterranea”, 9 -11 Aprile 1999, Ragusa, Speleologia Iblea, 8 (2000), 233-236...
    • Mun. de Ahumada
Carlos Medina collection
  • Drâa-Tafilalet Region
    • Er Rachidia Province (Errachidia Province)
      • Erfoud (Erfud)
António Manuel Ináçio Martins.
  • Erongo Region
Bezing, L. von., Bode, R., and Jahn, S., (2008), Namibia, Minerals and Localities. (in English).
South Africa
  • Northern Cape Province
    • Francis Baard District
      • Windsorton
Cairncross, B. and Dixon, R., (1995) Minerals of South Africa. The Geological Society of South Africa, 211 pp; Cairncross, B. (2004) Field Guide To Rocks & Minerals Of Southern Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town, SA, 124 pp;
  • Canary Islands
    • Las Palmas Province
      • Fuerteventura
        • Pájara
colletion of Volker Betz
  • Castile-La Mancha
    • Cuenca
Martins da Pedra
  • Catalonia
    • Barcelona
      • Maresme
Laura Palacios Pérez, Minerals i roques, Pòrtic Natura, 2003
  • Douz
Rui Nunes collection
  • England
    • Oxfordshire
      • Yarnton
Article in WSM&LC Journal
  • Arizona
    • Cochise Co.
Mitchell, 2001. Gem Trails of Arizona
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