Almandine Garnet Crystal Specimen with Sharp Facets
Dimensions (millimeters): 45 x 42 x 40
Dimensions (inches): 1.8 x 1.65 x 1.6
Origins: Laniel, Quebec, Canada
Garnets occur in some igneous rocks and pegmatites, but are more typical of high-grade metamorphic rocks. Although identifying individual varieties of garnet is not important to a non-specialist, geologists use these different varieties to understand the geologic history of their host rock. Almandine, the iron-rich garnet variety, commonly forms from regional metamorphism of clay sediments and is the most common garnet in schists and gneisses.
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