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Habit

Crystal habit is the geometrical shape that a crystal tends to form, exist either single crystals and aggregate forms.

Some examples of common crystal habits in minerals

Blocky (rustic box-like or ball-like shapes)

Blocky Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons photo

Tabular (Thick plane shapes as books)

Tabular Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons photo

Prismatic (short or long prisms with paralell or opossed facesí)

Prismatic Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons photo

Bladed (As a knife blades)

Bladed Habit Mineral Specimen

Luis Lyons photo

Acicular (With a needle form)

Needle Habit Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons photo

Capillary (Small and very tiny, hair-like)

Capillary Habit Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons photo

Druse (outwardly oriented crystal coatings)

Druse Habit Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons photo

Radial (cristral groups growing outwards from a same point)

Radiating Habit Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons photo

Reticulated (interconnected crystal masses growing in all directions)

Rutilated QuartzLuis Lyons photo

Dendritics (as a tree branches)

Dendritic Habit Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons photo

Columnar (paralell growing crystals)

ColumnarLuis Lyons photo

Fibrous (paralell slender fibers)

FibrousLuis Lyons photo

Stellate (thin crystals growing outwards in all directions)

StellateLuis Lyons photo

Globular (compact rounded clusters)

Globular Habit Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons photo

Botryoidal (as globular but more interconnected)

Botryoidal Habit Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons photo

Massive (no crystal structure visible)

Massive Habit Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons photo

Geode (roughly rounded hollowed forms)

Geode Habit Mineral SpecimenLuis Lyons photo