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12-15. Vanadinite #6.

Crystal structure of a vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco.

From a resource by F. Laufek, R. Skala, J. Haloda and I Cisarova

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12-14. Vanadinite #5.

Tiling may seem like a very abstract challenge for some. Nature knows different. This is a front view of a Vanadinite crystal unit cell. A stable and sturdy prismatic hexagonal shell is all that was needed to contain this busy pack of unruly atoms.

It makes for quite an uncommon and beautiful mineral too!

From a resource by S. Hendricks, M. Jefferson, and V. Mosley.

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12-13. Vanadinite #4.

A very playful & Christmassy crystal of Vanadinite. Unit structure, atoms, even the Van der Waal force curtain between atoms in on! Bold maybe, but nature knows best!

From a resource by Y. Dai and J. Hughes.

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12-11. Vanadinite #2.

Turning the atoms into ellipses make the unit cell look like a very delicate box of candies! 

Another resource from H. Okudera. 

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12-10. Vanadinite #1.

Vanadinite. Ancient lores say its crystal is beneficial to writers and boost creativity. They could add Kabuki opera and Juggling, so elegant and dynamic is its geometry and perfect prismatic hexagonal structure!

Vanadinite is unusual as a mineral as it’s only occurring as the result of alterations to a pre-existing material. Its bright-red and orange crystals often come perfectly formed and are sought after by many collectors.

It was first discovered in 1801 in Mexico. Vanadinite deposits have since been found in South America, Europe, Africa, and North America.

From a resource by H. Okudera.

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12-09

12-09. Hematite #7.

If we were to revisit cave painting a few thousand years forward, what would it look like? Hematite is still quite a source of inspiration!

From a resource by E. Maslen, V. Streltsov, N. Streltsova, and Ishizawa.

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