Garnet mica schist from Loch Tay, Scotland, showing in excellent detail the effects of regional metamorphism along plate boundaries, the garnets push the mica crystals around it due to being stronger, the specimens are available in various sizes or as a cut and lacquered piece, supplied in a card tray with a data label.
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Garnet mica schist is a variation of mica schist, a metamorphic rock formed by medium grade metamorphism which is usually a combination of both heat and pressure applied to the original rock, often a clay, mud or shale. These rock specimens, like our standard mica schist samples from Scotland are composed mainly of muscovite mica, with minor occurrences of quartz and feldspar, however, these specimens also exhibit the presence of numerous garnet crystals, which can be seen as red dots on the rock. These garnets are known as porphyroblasts, and suggest that the environment of formation was at or in close proximity to a convergent plate boundary with medium grade regional metamorphism taking place. The garnets are stronger than the muscovite crystals and so in some instances, it will appear as though the garnets are pushing the mica crystals around it, this can be seen much more easily in the cut and lacquered specimens if preferred. These rocks come from Loch Tay, a region in Scotland and are available in various sizes and as a 3 inch size piece with a cut and lacquered face to detail the crystal structure inside. Specimens will be supplied in a card tray with an information label.
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Samples of graphitic schist from the Pre-Cambrian Dalradian formation, making them among the oldest rocks in the country. The samples come from the Ben Eagach schist formation at Foss mine, Scotland, UK and were collected by our own members of staff. The rock contains mica and graphite, which gives the specimens their unique mica appearance and greasy graphitic texture and lustre.
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Dalradian mica schist is a famous metamorphic rock, composed mostly of the minerals muscovite mica with occurrences of quartz and feldspar, these rock specimens are Pre-Cambrian in age and come from Scotland, supplied in a card tray with an information label.
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Glaucophane Schist is also known as Blueschist. The blue-green colour comes from the dominant presence of the minerals Glaucophane (amphibole) & Lawsonite (related to epidote). These specimens were collected from the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales.
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Garnet Mica Schist . The specimen is mostly muscovite mica schist with a scattering of small pink or red garnets. Collected from Scotland. Supplied by weight, pieces come as they are in various shapes and sizes up to the weight of 1 kilogram. Packed in a polythene bag with an information label.
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Rhodolite garnets in quartz and mica schist matrix from Southern Norway exhibiting bright vibrant pink coloured garnets in a white quartz and metallic grey mica schist with a start contrast of colours, these minerals specimens are available in 3 sizes and come supplied in a card tray with a label.
Slate from Wales, famous for its use as a roofing material, these specimens exhibit text book characteristics such as fine grain crystal structure, foliation, slatey cleavage and a variety of colours, excellent for educational use, supplied in various sizes.
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Lewisian gneiss from Northwest Scotland, formed during the Pre-Cambrian period, making it among the oldest rocks in the UK, pushed to the surface during an oregenic event, Lewisian gneiss exhibits banded like most gneisses but is comprised of more dark, dense minerals, often igneous in origin. Specimens are available in 3 different sizes.
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Garnet Amphibolite supplied in a card tray with a label. This attractive rock from southern Norway has highly prominent garnet porphyroblasts (also known as cherry cake).
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Garnet Mica Schist from Fauske, Norway, displaying the details of regional metamorphism adjascent to a plate boundary. The garnet crystals stand out and protrude from the micaceous matrix. Specimens available in 2 sizes, and come supplied with a card tray and information label.
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Serpentine is a green coloured schist rock, most famous from its type locality along the Lizard peninsula, Cornwall. These specimens come from the Isle of Anglesey, have a much more vibrant colour and are available in various sizes.
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Hornfels, dark blue or black in colour collected from Shap quarry, Cumbria, a strong, durable rock, splintery when broken is comprised of mafic minerals, the rock may also exhibit acoustic properties. Supplied in a sized up card tray with an information label.
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Augen Gneiss is a foliated metamorphic rock with large crystals of lenticular or eliptical shear bound microcline.
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Banded hornfels exhibiting an alternating band feature, likely due to the original rock being layered such as sandstone, shale etc. The specimens come from Kentellen, Scotland, are available in different sizes and come in a card tray, suitable for school use.
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White marble exhibiting medium interlocking crystals suggesting a limestone rock origin These particular specimens are from Torrin Quarry on the Isle of Skye, Scotland and are available in three optional sizes.
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Specimens of the rock anyolite comprised of the minerals zoisite, corundum var. ruby and pargasite from Mundarara Mine, Arusha Region, Tanzania. Specimens are supplied in a magnifier box and come with an information label.
Please note that the size of the ruby within the rock varies between specimens.
Metaquartzite is a low grade metamorphic rock often composed mainly of quartz, however, other minerals can exist, and mineral impurities during crystalisation can result in differing colours, these particular samples from Anglesey have a green colouration to them. The rock specimens are available in 3 different sizes and come in a card tray with a data label.
Eclogite is an uncommon metamorphic rock, composed of mainly two minerals, reddish-brown garnets and omphacite, a green pyroxene. Other minerals, such as blue kyanite and white quartz may also be present. Over all, it is an attractive looking yet rare rock, with a vibrant green colouration with red garnets to break it up. These rocks come from Almenning, Norway. Specimens are supplied in card trays with labels and come available in 4 sizes.