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Muscovite

Chemical Formula: KAl3Si3O10(OH)2

Color: Usually beige or brown

Hardness: 2-2.5

Importance: In the past, muscovite was used as windows due to its transparency. Today, it is used as an insulator due to its poor heat conduction and is also used in many cosmetics. 83 more words

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Olivine

Chemical Formula: (Mg, Fe)2SiO4

Color: Most are green, but can also be yellow or brown

Hardness: 6.5-7

Importance: Is an ore of magnesium. Magnesium from olivine is used in fireworks, metal alloys, and car parts.   102 more words

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Boost your hikes with these top energising trail snacks

With the onset of warmer weather, our thoughts turn to the great outdoors!  There are so many activities to be enjoyed outside during the summer months and walking and hiking are becoming increasingly popular.  865 more words

Diet

Where do I get my Calcium from?

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body. Not only does it help to form bones and teeth for a beautiful smile, it also plays an important role in blood pressure muscle development. 536 more words

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Vanadinite Crystals On White Barite On Matrix, Top Quality Minerals From Morocco

Vanadinite Crystals On White Barite On Matrix, Top Quality Minerals From Morocco
STUNNING DEEP ORANGE-RED VANADINITE CRYSTALS ON WHITE BARITE MATRIX FROM MOROCCO!! THE AMAZING ARRAY OF NATURAL VANADINITE CRYSTALS SET IN A SUPERIOR WHITE BARITE MATRIX WILL ADD VALUE & BEAUTY TO ANY COLLECTION!! 171 more words

Collectibles

Palagonite - What you get when you mix lava with water

On the surface it looks just like a fine sand but unlike sand there must be something about the micro-structure of this material that holds much more water than expected.

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Permaculture

The Final Frontier… in Rock Collecting

The following is an article I wrote in 2015 for my mineral society’s newsletter.  It was submitted to the annual American Federation of Mineral Societies’ Bulletin competition and it won the 1st Place in the 2016 Written Features category. 368 more words

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