09-15 – Chiolite #6.
This mineral’s geometry is so unusual and complex in graphic terms, I decided to go and visit the place where chiolite was first identified. The background is a Google Earth street view of the Ilmen mountains, a mineralogical reserve near the town of Miass, in southern Russia. This view was taken from one of the frozen lakes nearby at 3:34 am. 55°00’50.15″ N 60°10’24.67″ E
The octahedron that constitutes the core of the crystal fits well against the starry sky. So does Orion in the background – a good reminder of the chiolite challenging geometry.