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Mineral Specimen #6569    Calcite with Attached Cephalopod

Alzada, Carter Co., Montana

2 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm
0.8 x 0.6 x 0.6 in


Ex. Norm Woods

A most interesting and unique specimen and although mounted in a thumbnail box, multiple pictures were necessary to fully depict the specimen. The location is famous for its burnt orange colored stalactic specimens (which tend to be rather expensive). This is the only specimen I have seen from the location which has an attached cephalopod fossil. The Calcite is a dark orange/brown and translucent. Please note: Norm's label lists the species as Calcite/Aragonite. Originally, there was some debate over which species the specimens were and many were originally labeled as Aragonite. Testing later showed the specimens to be Calcite.

Condition: Good

Flaws: Part of the edge between the Calcite and the fossil is broken. However, this is on the back of the specimen as it has been mounted in the thumbnail box.

This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From the United States | Calcite | Pseudomorphs | Minerals Priced Between 25 and 49 Dollars