Gypsum, Julia Whatley, 3O
Mineral project, made by Julia Whatley. Block 3O.
Welcome to the caverns, everyone. Here you will find all sorts of rocks and minerals, my favorite being gypsum.
This is the gypsum canvern. Gypsum belongs to the sulfate family, and you can identify gypsum because of its perfect cleavage and silky or sugary, non-metallic luster.
Notice the scratches, this is because gypsum is so soft my fingernail can easily scratch it. Gypsum only scores a 2 on Mohs Hardness Scale. Also notice how it tends to break evenly in a preferred direction, this is why it has a perfect cleavage.
Even in the darkest of caves, you can still see the gypsum. This is because it's often fluorescent. gypsum is also orginally formed in veins, oxidation zones, contact metamorphic zones, and in evaporate deposits.
Gypsum is found in cement driveways, lawn fertilizer, and dry walls.
That's all, folks! Thank you for visiting the caverns!
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