Calcite Crystal

February 26, 2005


Provided by: Scott Ensminger, Western New York Waterfall Survey
Summary authors & editors: Scott Ensminger

This dolomite crystal lined vug was found in a quarry in Penfield, New York in 1974. When found the dolomite crystals were bright pink in color but have since faded to nearly white. The calcite crystal is sometimes referred to as "Dog Tooth Calcite" because it looks somewhat like a canine tooth. The surrounding rock, or matrix, is Lockport Dolostone. Some areas of this matrix produce a pale orange fluorescence when exposed to ultraviolet light.

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