Mystery Mineral in Tabletop Fountain

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In summary, the "Mystery Mineral" found in tabletop fountains is a mixture of minerals that creates a visually appealing cloudy effect when added to the fountain water. It is not harmful to humans or pets, but it can be replaced with other substances for different visual effects. To maintain the cloudy effect, regular cleaning and refilling of the fountain with fresh water is recommended. It is also important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper use and replacement of the "Mystery Mineral".
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This crystal was left over after the water in a tabletop foundation evaporated. The fountain is a collection of rocks glued together that the water tumbles over.

The crystals are off-white, slightly straw-colured. The image is about 2X actual size.

Any idea what the mineral may be?
 
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Looks like there may be enough there to do a rough qualitative analysis...if you have access to reagents. Or, would you happen to have an x-ray diffractometer handy ?
 
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It is difficult to accurately identify the mineral without a closer examination and some additional information. However, based on the description of the color and size, it is possible that the crystal could be calcite or quartz. Both of these minerals can be found in a variety of colors and are often used in tabletop fountains. It is also possible that the crystal could be a type of feldspar, which is commonly found in rocks and can have a straw-colored tint. Without further details or a photo, it is difficult to determine the exact mineral, but these are a few possibilities to consider.
 

Related to Mystery Mineral in Tabletop Fountain

What is the "Mystery Mineral" found in tabletop fountains?

The "Mystery Mineral" in tabletop fountains is typically a mixture of various minerals, such as calcite, dolomite, and gypsum. It is often added to the fountain water to create a visually appealing effect.

How does the "Mystery Mineral" create the cloudy effect in tabletop fountains?

The "Mystery Mineral" reacts with the water and air to form tiny bubbles, which give the water a cloudy appearance. This is known as aeration and is a common feature in tabletop fountains.

Is the "Mystery Mineral" harmful to humans or pets?

In most cases, the "Mystery Mineral" is not harmful to humans or pets. However, it is always best to check the ingredients list and consult with a medical professional if you have any concerns.

Can the "Mystery Mineral" be replaced with other substances in tabletop fountains?

Yes, the "Mystery Mineral" can be replaced with other substances such as food coloring, glitter, or essential oils to create different visual effects in tabletop fountains.

Are there any maintenance tips for the "Mystery Mineral" in tabletop fountains?

To maintain the cloudy effect of the "Mystery Mineral", it is recommended to regularly clean and refill the fountain with fresh water. Also, make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for the proper use and replacement of the "Mystery Mineral".

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