10-17

10-17. Cyrilovite #3.
Cyrilovite on a shelf!

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10-15

10-15. Cyrilovite #1.

A Cyrilovite from Cyrilov, Moravia – that’s a poetic and mysterious sounding name to start this week’s exploration of the geometry of Nature. Yellow to green, transparent to brown, Cyrilovite has a tetragonal structure with a P4 symmetry. It was discovered in 1953 in the Czech Republic.

Some say it carries with it a notion of respect, honor, and compassion. Are minerals projecting their properties onto humans or are humans projecting their wishes in minerals?

Well fitting with this week’s info background, a dear friend of mine sent me a link to a wonderful Chem-Haiku site. So here is the haiku of the week based on the chemical composition of the Cyrilovite. Thank you Mary Soon Lee for making the Periodic table so poetic and thank you, Tatiana, for being such a resourceful muse!

Cyrilovite chemical profile
NaFe3+3(PO4)2(OH)4·2(H2O)

Cyrilovite Haiku

Racing to trigger
every kiss, every kind act,
Servant, friend and partner

Radiant child
most of me is you
fundamental, essential.

Water, life.
Fuel for the stars

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10-14

10-14. Lazulite #7.

The lazulite crystal shape is that of a stain-glass window opening to the world outside. Chaos is coming from all the little atoms trapped in that beautiful shape. Inside or out, they’re part of it all the same. I wonder if rocks evolve till they find stability? Some say they do.

Chaos is coming from all the little atoms trapped in that beautiful shape. Inside or out, they’re part of it all the same. I wonder if rocks evolve till they find stability? Some say they do. Lazulite has a beautiful house for them, ready to shine when they’ll figure out some equilibrium!

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10-13

10-13. Lazulite #6.

Another perspective of an azulite crystal unit cell from the resource file I used on 10-11.

Apparently, this mineral hasn’t been studied much by the scientific community. Maybe cubism is not their thing?

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10-12

 

10-12. Lazulite #5.

If it was a cloud, the lazulite crystal would qualify as a cumulus. Shapeless, but still moving forward…

From a resource by Lindberg & Christ.

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10-11

10-11. Lazulite #4.

From the outset, this crystal is in a complete chaos. Too many atoms, too many broken lines. Yet, there has to be something esthetically sound in there – maybe its color scheme?
From a resource by Giuseppetti & Tadini

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