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GROW YOUR OWN CRYSTALS

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Results and Resources

Mineral Matters
Regional Minerals

Results and Resources

After one or two days, you'll be able to see cubes of salt crystals. Some may form alone and grow larger, while others may form clusters.
[Photograph of cube-shaped salt crystals, the largest is approximately 1/4 inch by 1/2 inch in size.]

If you'd like to experiment with another mineral that has a completely different shape, try using 1 and 1/2 cups of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) instead of 1/2 cup of salt. The Epsom salt crystals will tend to form on the bottom of the jar and are generally shaped like stubby prisms.

[Photograph of stubby prism-shaped epsom salt crystals, most are almost one inch long.]


Learn more about minerals and crystals on this website!



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