Dendrite

dendritic inclusions

 

 

A dendrite is a crystal with a typical multi-branching tree-like form. Dendritic inclusions are relatively common and can be seen in many rocks and minerals but 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 so similar to organic matter that some rocks may even be mistaken for fossils.