Desert Rose (Selenite)-Rust

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Desert Rose (Selenite)-Rust

800.00

Location: Morocco

Age: Approx 250 Million yrs old

 A ‘Desert Rose’ or ‘Sand Rose’ forms when crystals form in extremely dry, sandy and salty conditions - such as the evaporation of a shallow sea bed. The crystals and minerals form a circular array of flat plates, giving the rock a shape similar to a rose blossom. The sand then encrusts the crystals, and this colour varies with the local environment. For example, if iron oxides are present, the rosettes take on a rusty tone -like this one. It’s very rare to find an intact Desert Rose of this size.

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