03-29. Zoisite #4.

I just realized something very important.

I’ve enjoyed going over the UofA mineralogy resources for the last 3 months. I’ve appreciated their authors’ good work and inspiration. But at the end of the day, someone has to go and get the mineral first! Mining is a hard, demanding job. Without it, we wouldn’t know how much wealth and beauty we have under our feet.

So today-  here’s to the miners and the many that bring such beautiful minerals to the surface of the planet for our enjoyment.

In this image, the structure is there, so are the atoms. I used different textures and light effects to make the background look like a mine pit. The odd shape in the foreground is a representation of the Van der Walls forces on a zoisite crystal found in Merelani Hills, Tanzania.

Database resource by Alvaro, Angel & Camara.