Hormuz Island, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Thumbnail, 2.7 x 1.4 x 0.7 cm
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Smaller than the previous anhydrite crystal but similarly lustrous and translucent and nearly colorless, this is a rare find from one of the world's places that you do not expect to see producing minerals. What a strange thing to find!? Hormuz must be an odd locale. We have seen fabulous hematite from here, salt crystals, and now this - anhydrite! These came in a small lot at the Munich show in 2014. This was the biggest that I saw: a doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent, nearly colorless crystal that seems to be a floater. Hormuz Island sits at the head of the Straits of Homuz in the Persian Gulf, a bit of a noted hot spot in the world.