Dims: 3.9 x 3.8 x 3.8" (9.9 x 9.7 x 9.7 cm)
Wt: 1 lb., 10.1 oz. (739 g)
Searles Lake, Trona, San Bernardino County, California, U.S.A.
Two discernable Hanksite crystals make up most of this hand specimen. The larger makes up most of the mass of the piece, and has dimensions of 3.8 x 3.8 x 2.7" (9.7 x 9.7 x 6.9 cm), whereas the smaller crystal grows off of the larger and has dimensions of 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.3" (3.8 x 3.8 x 3.3 cm). Both are in good condition, though the larger crystal has some damage that may have occcurred during or after harvest of the specimen. Both have good hexagonal prismatic form with hexagonal pyramidal terminations, but a portion of the large crystal is warped due to its intergrowth with several smaller, warped and broken crystals. Where intact, however, its edges are well-defined and its faces are clean, showing a waxy luster that is brightened by a thin coat of protective oil. All have a dull and dingy yellow coloration, though the large crystal contains areas of dark, green-black discoloration- this discoloration is mostly concentrated around the area of intergrowth with the warped, broken crystals. Other than these areas which show dim translucence to opacity, the crystals are generally dimly transparent. Like most of these specimens, there is no host rock present.