Rhodochrosite

 

Rhodocrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral. Its chemical composition is MnCO. In its purest form it is a transparent rose red, but this is fairly rare. It can also be formed in stalactites. This form can be sliced revealing circular layers of rose and pink to milky white. These lighter colours are formed when the manganese is replaced by calcium, manganese or zinc. The depth of colour from red to pink depends on the amount of substitution.

 
 

Location - USA

 
Group - Calcite   Hardness - 3.5 - 44
 

 

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