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Sulphur. Lorca, Spain.  -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Sulphur. Lorca, Spain. -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

This is a slice of a pallasite which was found in Imilac, in Chile, in 1822 (lenght 7.7 cm). The yellow crystals are olivine.  -Mineral Hall-  (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

This is a slice of a pallasite which was found in Imilac, in Chile, in 1822 (lenght 7.7 cm). The yellow crystals are olivine. -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Almandine garnet from Zlatoust in Russia (actual size 38 cm). This is one of the pieces from the 'Russian collection' donated by William of Orange-Nassau in 1828.  -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Almandine garnet from Zlatoust in Russia (actual size 38 cm). This is one of the pieces from the 'Russian collection' donated by William of Orange-Nassau in 1828. -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Rhodochrosite. Hotazel, South Africa   -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Rhodochrosite. Hotazel, South Africa -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Needles of Brochantite. Kabolela, Congo -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Needles of Brochantite. Kabolela, Congo -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Aggregate of pyrite cubes. Pyrite may shine like gold, but it has nothing like the same value, hence its nickname, 'fool's gold'.  -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Aggregate of pyrite cubes. Pyrite may shine like gold, but it has nothing like the same value, hence its nickname, 'fool's gold'. -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

In 1973, Richard Nixon donated four fragments of lunar rock to the Belgian people. These were brought back by the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. This stone is 18 mm long.  -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

In 1973, Richard Nixon donated four fragments of lunar rock to the Belgian people. These were brought back by the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. This stone is 18 mm long. -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

This porphyry, which was mined at the Quenast quarry in the province of Walloon Brabant, is an igneous rock. -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

This porphyry, which was mined at the Quenast quarry in the province of Walloon Brabant, is an igneous rock. -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Quartz containing needles of rutile. Bahia, Brazil  -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Quartz containing needles of rutile. Bahia, Brazil -Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Andradite. Valmalenco, Italy - Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

Andradite. Valmalenco, Italy - Mineral Hall- (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS)

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