Sahara Desert Rose Gypsum
Western Sahara Desert
Specimen size: approx 2" x 2.5"
Desert rose is the colloquial name given to rose-like formations of crystal clusters of gypsum or baryte which include abundant sand grains.The 'petals' are crystals flattened on the c crystallographic axis, fanning open in radiating flattened crystal clusters.
Gypsum is an evaporite, which means its crystals form during the evaporation of water. The crystals are shaped like prisms or flat plates, and can grow up to 1 meter. Gypsum can appear as transparent crystals (selenite); fibrous, elongated crystals (satin spar); granular and compact masses (alabaster); and in rosette-shaped aggregates called desert roses.