Calcite with quartz

Virtual Museum ID: 19-KHM11

Specimen Summary


Quartz is the second most abundant mineral on Earth, present in many different types of rocks. Although usually clear or milky white in colour, quartz is found in a variety of colours due to impurities in the crystal structure. Pure quartz consists of silicon and oxygen only, but atoms of other elements often make their way into the quartz crystal structure, colouring the crystals. Some varieties of quartz, like purple amethyst and yellow citrine, are considered to be semi-precious gemstones and have been used since ancient times to make jewellery and decorative objects. Well-formed (euhedral) crystals of quartz have a hexagonal cross section and are highly collectible.

Calcite, a form of calcium carbonate, is a very common mineral found in many different geological settings. It is usually white, clear or very pale pink or yellow. It can look very similar to quartz but is easy to distinguish because it fizzes when it reacts with dilute hydrochloric acid. Calcite often occurs in veins or as fracture coatings or filling void spaces. Where crystals have enough time and space to fully form, calcite has a distinct rhombic shape. Calcite is the main mineral in limestone, marble and chalk, and is widely used in construction, agriculture and pharmaceutical industries.

Calcite is a soft carbonate mineral that is found as both veins and as the primary mineral in limestone and marble. When in limestone it can host fossils and forms in a deep sea environment. It is also ground up and used in lawncare to raise the pH of acidic soil in the product called lime. When in veins it is often found with quartz.

Specimen Data

 

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Collection Details

Original Collection:

Kimberley Heritage Museum (KHM)

Sub Collection:

-

Collection ID:

KHM_11

Virtual Museum ID:

19-KHM11

Accessibility:

Date Added to VM:

2019-06-13

Location Information

Sample Origin:

Sandon, British Columbia

Specific Site:

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UTM Easting:

483098

UTM Northing:

5535935

Datum:

11 (NAD 83)

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Specimen Details

VM Category:

Mineral

Primary Features:

Calcite with quartz

Primary Mineral Formula:

CaCO3 ยท SiO2

Primary Category:

carbonate silicate

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Advanced Geological Information

 

The following section provides geological data relating to the specimen or the site it was collected from, when available. Information has been obtained from various sources including private and government datasets but may not be up to date. Any geological time periods or ages listed often relate to the primary geology of the area, and may not be the actual date of an event such as mineral formation.

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