Huge Pink Halite Piece
This unique pink Halite was collected in brine pools at Searles Lake in Trona, California. The Halite is colored by millions of halobacteria that survive inside salt crust and by algae (greenish crystals) that live in the extremely saline waters of the lake. Searles Lake is the remains of a large lake that was formerly fed by the Owens River in rainier times. Since it's now an endorheic lake (closed drainage system), its water is considerably saltier than lakes fed by freshwater rivers -- more than 5 times the salinity of sea water. Please note that Halite has a "fishy" smell; this is normal. **Halite is water soluble and must be kept dry and away from humidity.
The piece weighs about 1.5 lbs and measures about 6" x 3 5/8" x 2 7/8" at its widest points.