07-02

07-02. Azurite #1.

Azurite – a pleasant name to start the summer months! It will be the mineral of week #27 in the short tour of the geometry of Nature. Azurite is a soft stone, named for its deep “azure blue” color. It is often found in nature mixed with Malachite, a mineral with a bright green color. Azurite crystal system is monoclinic, prismatic and of symmetry P21/c. It was called the Stone of Heaven by the ancient Chinese. In ancient Egypt, high priests and priestesses used the pigment to paint the protective eye of Horus on their foreheads.

Its crystal cell structure fits well with the description of a futuristic space station too!

From a resource by Belokoneva, Gubina, and Forsyth.

07-02

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