Dims: 1.8 x 1.2 x 1.1" (4.6 x 3.0 x 2.8 cm)
Wt: 1.5 oz. (42 g)
Moose River Gold Mine, Moose River, Nova Scotia, Canada
Two intergrown Arsenopyrite crystals rest on the black shale base of this hand specimen. Both crystals show considerable damage and are not quite complete, though said damage appears to be somewhat old. The larger has dimensions of 0.5 x 0.4 x 0.1" (1.3 x 1.0 x 0.3 cm), and the smaller is partially engulfed by its intersection with the larger. Both show excellent orthorhombic form that is nearly tabular in habit, and even with the damage show the classic diamond-shaped cross-section of the specie. Their silver-gray color and metallic luster are likewise expected. One or two other, broken crystals are almost completely embedded in the black shale matrix; they appear to have formed within said matrix.