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Metaquartzite – Scotland

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Metaquartzite collected from Onich near Ballachulish, Scotland, which detail text book quality metaquartzite, pure white, hard and composed mainly of quartz with very few impurities, these rock specimens are ideal for educational use or as part of a larger collection of rocks, supplied in a card tray with a label.

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Metaquartzite is a hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally pure quartz sandstone which was converted into quartzite through the heat and pressure usually associated with tectonic compression within orogenic belts. Pure quartzite is usually white to grey, though quartzites often occur in various shades of pink and red due to varying amounts of iron oxide (Fe2O3). Other colors, such as yellow, green, blue and orange, are due to other mineral impurities.
The original individual quartz grains recrystallize along with the former cementing material to form an interlocking mosaic of quartz crystals. Most or all of the original texture and sedimentary structures of the sandstone are erased by the metamorphism The grainy, sandpaper-like surface becomes glassy in appearance. Minor amounts of former cementing materials, iron oxide, silica, carbonate and clay, often migrate during recrystallization and metamorphosis. This causes streaks and lenses to form within the quartzite. This example was collected from Onich, near Ballachulish, Scotland. Specimens are supplied in labelled card tray.

Weight 130 g
Specimen Size

2" x 2", 3" x 2", 4" x 3"

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