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Aragonite

Aragonite

Aragonite usually forms short to long prismatic crystals but also forms fibrous acicular, columnar, and stalactitic aggregates.

Aragonite

Aragonite

This specimen grew on a cave wall. These aragonite formations were named by miners working in Australian iron mines. They are known as "flos ferri," Latin for "flower of iron."

Aragonite with goethite

Aragonite with goethite

This specimen illustrates the typical spiked crystal shape of aragonite. Aragonite usually forms short to long prismatic crystals but also forms fibrous acicular, columnar, and stalactitic aggregates.


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