Halite, Nahcolite
Small Cabinet, 8.5 x 6.0 x 5.9 cm
Searles Lake, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
Okay, halite is salt, but for one thing, it is just as legitimate a mineral as any other, even if you CAN eat it (not this though - it contains bacteria so don''t lick it!). This batch of gorgeous halite specimens was mined recently in California, and they are REALLY distinctive. Look at the amazingly fine structure of the crystals and beautiful bright pink color! But more than that, they have this wonderful contrast with a uniquely new matrix covered with minute nahcolite (which is sodium bicarbonate; isn''t that what you take for an upset stomach? Okay, so after you get sick licking the halite you can lick the matrix to get better!). Bottom line: it is just a plain stunningly pretty mineral specimen from a recent find. Note: sensitive to humidity. 8.5 x 6.0 x 5.9cm