Essene, Eric J. Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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A mineral (FeCO3) with the same space group and hexagonal crystal system as calcite (CaCO3). Siderite has a gray, tan, brown, dark brown, or red color, has rhombohedral cleavages, and occasionally may show rhombohedral crystal terminations (see illustration). It may display curved crystal faces like dolomite (CaMg[CO3]2), but more commonly is found as massive, compact, or earthy masses. See also: Carbonate minerals; Crystal structure; Dolomite
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