Virtual Museum ID: 19-KM12
Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral that is usually bright pink or red in colour. Other elements like iron, magnesium or calcium can substitute for manganese, giving the mineral a more grey, yellow or brown colour. Rhodochrosite takes its name from Ancient Greek "rhodochros", meaning rose-coloured. Because of its distinct colour, it is rarely confused with other minerals. Rhodochrosite usually forms in metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, precipitating out of chemical solutions circulating through the rock. When precipitation occurs in several separate episodes, different layers form, each with a slightly different composition and colour, giving it a banded appearance. Rhodochrosite is mainly used in jewellery and is often found and mined from silver deposits. Well-developed rhombic crystals are very rare.
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Original Collection:Kootenay Star Mining Museum (KM)
Virtual Museum ID:19-KM12
Date Added to VM:2019-06-10
Datum:11 (NAD 83)
Primary Mineral Formula:MnCO3
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.