rhombohedron


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rhombohedron

a six-sided prism whose sides are parallelograms

Rhombohedron

 

a parallelepiped (usually oblique) whose faces are equal rhombuses. For at least two vertices all the adjacent angles must be equal. A parallelepiped is a rhombohedron if and only if it has an axis of three-fold symmetry.

rhombohedron

[¦räm·bō¦hē·drən]
(crystallography)
A trigonal crystal form that is a parallelepiped, the six identical faces being rhombs. Also known as rhomb.
(mathematics)
A prism with six parallelogram faces.
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The corners of the calcite rhombohedron, however, are not all the same.
Phantoms are not evident in any crystals, but in some cases the separate rhombohedrons in parallel alignments differ slightly in color.
3) Formation of tiny sheaf-like sprays of black goethite together with small amethyst crystals--quartz (II)--in "skunk" stripes upon the calcite rhombohedrons.
The first models were fairly simple: cubes and rhombohedrons serving as kernels (primitive) and sets of plates, systematically reduced in form and/or area, meant to stack on the faces of the kernel model.
The distinctive thing is that starry microcrystals of pyrite form perfectly straight bands, some wide, some narrow, along the outside edges of the calcite rhombohedrons, or following striations across their faces.
By drawing a dodecahedron and an icosahedron (a regular construct with twenty planes) as duals inside each other he arrived at the acute-angled and obtuse-angled rhombohedrons which make quasi-periodical spatial filling possible.
Using scanning electron micrographs and aluminum models of calcite rhombohedrons ectopically grown from hypochlorite-treated foliar chips, he further demonstrated this inclination by the tilted appearance of the crystals and models relative to the foliar surface.
For example, it's possible to build up a nonrepeating pattern in three dimensions simply by using two types of rhombohedrons, which resemble skewed cubes.
In summer 2009, an unspecified mine in the Daye district began giving up calcite specimens showing gemmy, lustrous, butterscotch-orange crystals reaching 7 cm, some in loose groups and some on a dark gray, shaly matrix; the calcite crystals are flattened rhombohedrons with secondary trigonal faces, and they are quite beautiful.
Collector's Edge was able to deck out its Tucson 2009 showcases with a few hundred beautiful Wudong mine specimens, including cabinet-size plates on which rest calcite-dusted rhombohedrons of rose-pink rhodochrosite to 4 cm, with small gemmy areas.
com) had fine specimens at Denver, including one 5-cm matrix piece with perfect, screaming red, twinned rhombohedrons of cinnabar to 1 cm, for $60.