Dims: 5.6 x 3.8 x 3.2" (14.2 x 9.8 x 8.0 cm)
Wt: 1 lb., 12.1 oz. (796 g)
Elk Creek, Meade County, South Dakota, U.S.A.
Six Barite prisms rest on the calcite-coated base of this unusual cabinet piece. Only 3 of these crystals are intact, and one of these has very minor damage on its tip. All have exceptional orthorhombic prismatic form, with well-defined edges and clean faces that show a vitreous luster. Their color is golden-brown and all are transparent and very clear. The base on which they rest is quite intriguing, as it comprises part of a septarian nodule, a fossilized mud ball. The yellow calcite druses that partly coat the mud lined hollows and crevices during and after the fossilization process.