A rock so fantastically beautiful that it's hard to believe is real

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This looks like some 3D rendering of a fantastic alien matter that can't possibly exist on Earth. But, being the amazing planet we live in, it is actually a real thing: "A bismuth crystal illustrating the many iridescent refraction hues of its oxide surface." We live in a wonderful world, people.

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The one that gets me is iron pyrite. Somehow the molecules join to make nearly perfect cubes.