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Andrew Alden

Halite from Trona

By September 23, 2013

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haliteA reader has submitted a photo of this lovely specimen of fresh halite crystals from the famous locality of Searles Dry Lake, in the eastern Caifornia desert. See the full-size image and notes about it in the "My Sedimentary Rock" collection.

This is a good time to bring up the annual Gem-O-Rama at Searles Lake, the single weekend of the year when the salt company stops operations and the paying guests of the Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society spread out and dig for halite, hanksite, trona, borax and other hard-to-find evaporite minerals. It sounds like a great time, and I've always wanted to make a trip there myself.
Searles Lake halite — photo courtesy Chuck Stewart

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