10 Spectacular Minerals You Won't Believe are Found on Earth

10 Spectacular Minerals You Won't Believe are Found on Earth

Chrysocolla stalactites

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Credit: Joe Budd/Rob Lavinsky/iRocks.com

This stunning specimen is described as Chalcedony on Chrysocolla stalactites (pocket). With a blue-green chalcedony-crusted exterior, an unusual pocket that opens to reveal the highly textured interior, and assorted quartz-covered chrysocolla stalactites the color of icy glaciers, the mineral is truly a unique sight to behold.

Rainbow Fluorite

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Credit: Orbital Joe on Flickr
 Stunning Rainbow Fluorite.

Blue Lace Agate

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Credit: Unknown

Agate Amethyst Geode (Blue Lace Agate) From Brazil

Rainbow Obsidian

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Incredible Rainbow obsidian from Davis Creek, Northern California.

 Amethyst "boot"

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Credit: Russ Behnke

I like things that look like other things, so here is an 8 inch tall amethyst "boot" from Artigas, Uruguay.

Combination of Calcite, Quartz and Chalcopyrite

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Photo Kevin Ward and The Mineral Gallery, Inc.
Calcite blades with Chalcopyrite, Pyrite, and Quartz sprays at top Boldut Mine, Cavnic, Maramures Co., Romania Collection.

Pink Labradorite

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Credit: Nathan Almeyda
  Unbelievable Labradorite from Newfoundland Canada

Tri-color Calcite

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Tricolor Calcite specimens from Durango, Mexico are very delicate when they come out of the ground. 

Opal Pineapples

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Photo: Grant Pearson

Opal "Pineapples" - an opal pseudomorph formed by the replacement of glauberite by opal - found only in New South Wales, Australia.

Thunder-egg Agate

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Credit: Bill The Eggman
Looks like a galaxy (maybe it is) in a Thunder egg agate. Head explosion, So awesome from New Mexico.