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Selenite with Atacamite & Herbertsmithite

Two generation of gypsum crystals which grew from both sides. It was growing in shallow pools at the depth of more than 3,200 feet below the surface from where it was excavated recently.

Color caused by herbertsmithite and atacamite inclusions.

Locality:  Lubin Mine, Lubin District, Lower Silesia, Poland

Half-time

Alright, so I’m not quite done my list for May yet but since it’s about half way through the year I figured I’d quickly list off my top 25 albums and tracks of 2015 so far. Of course the list is subject to change as usual. There’s already been a load of great releases from huge artists and some unexpected newcomers! Warning: this list feels pretty Pitchfork conformist so I apologize in advance, not really what I was going for, these have all just been excellent records..

Albums:

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
2. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
3. Jamie xx - In Colour
4. Lower Dens - Escape from Evil
5. Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
6. Fred Thomas - All Are Saved
7.  Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
8.  Torres - Sprinter
9.  Sun Kil Moon - Universal Themes
10.  Björk - Vulnicura
11.  Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
12.  Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
13.  The Districts - A Flourish and a Spoil
14.  Braids - Deep In the Iris
15.  Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never were the way she was
16.  Drake - If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
17.  The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ
18.  Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - After
19.  A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP
20.  Hop Along - Painted Shut
21.  Shamir - Ratchet
22.  My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall
23.  Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
24.  Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
25.  Built to Spill - Untethered Moon

Songs:

1.  Sufjan Stevens - No Shade In the Shadow of the Cross
2.  Grimes - REALiTi
3.  Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta
4.  Jamie xx - Gosh
5.  Lower Dens - Ondine
6.  Torres - Cowboy Guilt
7.  Kendrick Lamar - u
8.  Jamie xx - I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug and Popcaan)
9.  Natalie Prass - Violently
10.  Tobias Jesso Jr. - How Could You Babe
11.  Alessia Cara - Here
12.  Fred Thomas - Bad Blood
13.  Father John Misty - Holy Shit
14.   Björk - Stonemilker
15.  The Mountain Goats - Heel Turn 2
16.  Sufjan Stevens - Fourth of July
17.  Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian at Best
18.  Braids - Miniskirt
19.  Jamie xx - Loud Places (feat. Romy)
20.  Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker the Berry (feat. Assassin)
21.  Lower Dens - Quo Vadis
22.  Destroyer - Dream Lover
23.  Natalie Prass - My Baby Don’t Understand Me
24.  St. Vincent - Teenage Talk
25.  Chromatics - I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around