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Granite pegmatite

Part of Hall of Planet Earth.

Granite pegmatite_HERO

Exhibition Text

This rock formed deep in the crust, near the top of a crystallizing magma chamber.  It is composed of the minerals quartz (gray), orthoclase (pink), albite (white), and mica (dark and platy). The larger crystals grew more slowly than the smaller crystals.

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For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Earth Formation/Evolution

Keywords: Minerals, Pegmatites, Physical geology

Audience: General