Dims: 2.3 x 1.7 x 1.4" (5.8 x 4.3 x 3.6 cm)
Wt: 3.37 oz. (95.6 g)
Nanisivik Mine, Baffin Island, Northwest Territories, Canada
A cluster of very warped Pyrite crystals makes up this hand specimen. These crystals are generally in good condition, as a few are noticeably damaged or broken, and reach visible dimensions of 0.8 x 0.4 x 0.4" (1.9 x 1.1 x 0.9 cm). Their form appears to be nearly tetrahexahedral, though it contains a few extra, tiny faces. The warping may have something to do with the fact that these crystals formed as marcasites, then pseudomorphed into Pyrite and were likely overgrown with more Pyrite. All have the pale golden color and metallic luster of Pyrite and are moderately to heavily intergrown with each other. The cluster coats a cluster of crystalline but badly broken sphalerites.