Calcite Mineral


Calcite mineral is very common.

It is the most common calcium carbonate mineral in the crust of Earth.





And it is the main component mineral in chalk, marble, limestone, travertine and tufa.

It is also the mineral that you see in the stalagmites and stalagtites in limestone caves.

 calcite mineral


In addition to the rocks named above it can also be found in hydrothermal veins and pockets in some other rocks such as basalt.

 calcite minerals

Most calcite is found in massive habit, but there are also the crystals.

 calcite crystal

There are a lot of different types of calcite crystals, the best known are the iceland spar, nailhead spar and dogtooth spar.

 calcite crystals

The Iceland spar, also called calcite rhomb is a perfect example on double refraction.

 mineral calcite

It is a soft mineral, the second softest (after talc) on Mohs mineral hardness scale.













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