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Calcite Crystals, Linwood Mine, Buffalo, Iowa

18.11.2016

This is a large cluster of transparent, modified rhombohedral calcite crystals on limestone matrix.  It was collected in 2016 from the Linwood Mine, Scott County, Buffalo, Iowa.  At its best under mid wave UV, this piece shows a moderate pink/purple response.  Under short wave UV the calcite fluoresces a dimmer red/pink color.  A dim red response is seen under long wave UV.  This specimen measures 7.5 x 7.0 x 4.0 inches.

 

Located adjacent to the Mississippi River, the Linwood Mine is one of the largest underground limestone mines currently in operation in the United States.

 

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