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What are Dendrites?

the mineral talc with dendritic inclusions

Dendrite from Greek for 'Tree'

In geology a dendrite is a crystal with a multi-branching tree-like form.

Dendritic inclusions are relatively common and can be seen in many rocks and minerals.  They can also be seen as snowflake formations and frost patterns on glass windows during the cold winter months.

The word 'dendrite' comes from the Greek word 'dendron' meaning 'tree'.

Dendritic inclusions can look very similar to organic matter.  Where present some rocks and minerals can initially be mistaken for fossils.

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Our photo is of the mineral talc with dendritic inclusions. The image is clickable and redirects to the original non-compressed photo. Courtesy of Stan Celestian.

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