If you’re like me, you probably think about a crystal mineral and imagine something like what I’ve got in my palm (featured image above). Those are clear quartz crystals with one natural termination. Quartz is SiO2, and is the second most common mineral on Earth (to Feldspar) and the most abundant near the surface.
But… would I even be able to ID them in nature?
Here’s a clip of a rock hound in Gwinnett County, Georgia, digging out quartz crystals from a previously identified vein. (Video clip stops automatically at my preset 2 min. 7 sec.)
In the next video, you see a method called Hydro extraction. It consists of… hosing off rocks. Super technical, I know. The guy in the video does about as much though he has a fancy set up.
The difficult part, however, is making the initial find.