Dims: 8.7" x 5.0" x 3.3" (22.1 x 12.7 x 8.4 cm)
Wt: 4 lbs., 7.4 oz. (2.024 kg)
Hundreds of tiny Hematite platelets are liberally sprinkled on one face of the host rock of this specimen. They occur in the form of misshapen tabular platelets that do not exceed 3 mm in diameter or 1 mm in thickness. As the platelets are so small and misshapen, it is difficult to determine the presence or extent of any damage to them; they do, however, have clean faces with no visible striations, so they sparkle rather brightly. The crystals have the standard dark gray color and metallic luster of Hematite. The larger crystals (those that exceed 1 mm in diameter) are concentrated into a thin encrustation on one face of the host, but hundreds more submicroscopic crystals are scattered elsewhere on the specimen. Examination of these crystals under magnification shows that many of them have very good hexagonal form. The host rock resembles some rhyolites that I have seen, but seems to be a bit soft- it may be a variety of shale.