Saturday, 23 June 2007

Mineral Spot: Redwineite...

Something a bit different - KC4H5O6 - Potassium bitartrate...

Also known as cream of tartar, and produced as a by-product of wine making. There are a number of minerals that form as crystals but do not (or have not) occur in nature, and therefore are not recognised as a valid mineral species.

I've given this one a title of redwineite and was found in a wine vat at an unidentified winery in Victoria. It will soon be on its way to a New South Wales collector...

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