1. The Stone Forest or Shilin is a notable set of limestone formations located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province

  2.  Locality : Papachacra, El Portezuelo Granite, Belen Department, Catamarca, Argentina
    Dimensions: 9.2 cm x 6.8 cm x 6.4 cm.
    A matrix of tan albite is the host for a magnificent smoky quartz crystal, 8.3 cm in length. The quartz is dark black, glassy and gemmy and has a central termination surrounded by parallel growth crystals, giving it a cityscape appearance. This is a textbook example of a fine, pristine, smoky quartz specimen. Rarely do you get them in this size range, for some reason they are usually either smaller and slender, or bigger and fatter (with often, more damage). A superb piece from this new find.
  3. sothankyoumusic:


    This dude has a sick skill!!


    This rock balancing is done by Michael Grab. He is an artist and has killer patience. On his site gravityglue.com, Grab explains:

    “The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of ‘tripod’ for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, I am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.” Pretty sick, amiright?


    (via climbofreak)

  4. Blue Circle Cement Quarry, Eastgate, Weardale,
     North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK
    © Jesse Fisher, 2009

    Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2014/03/fluorite.html#ixzz2wR03BGw0 

  5. Yosemite, paradis minéral de la nature et des grimpeurs!

  6. Pink fluorite on smoky quartz from Mont-Blanc

    Photo: Philippe dufrêne, crystalmontblanc.fr

    More read there : crystalmontblanc

  7.  World Largest Open Pit Diamond Mine
    There’s an open pit diamond mine called the Mirny Mine in East Siberia, Russia. It’s very deep. At over 1,700 ft deep, it’s the 4th deepest mine in the world. It also has a diameter of over 3,900ft. This makes it the second largest excavated hole in the world!
    YouTube :World largest Diamond Mine

  8. Des pièces superbes trouvées par un copain .

  9. Dioptase from the Altyn Tyube mine in Kazakstan,

    For dioptase aficionados, Altyn Tyube has never had the same level of respect that Tsumeb or the central african mines have had, simply because of crystal size and clarity. But recent excavations in Kazakstan are revealing better quality material, and the prospects are good for even better material in the future.

  10. Dioptase - Imgur