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Oklahoma’s Beautiful Rose Rocks

The rose rock (otherwise known as barite rose, desert rose, or selenite rose) gets its name from its striking appearance: The rock formation is akin to that of a rose in bloom. Its “petals” are layers of flattened crystals that fan outward from its center, giving it a delicate floral look. Their reddish hue adds an extra rosy touch. 

This unique formation makes a rose rock easily identifiable even to the most novice of rockhounds. Though it may form individually or in small groupings, some sprout up together in large clusters of rocks that can weigh more than a thousand—yes, a thousand!—pounds.

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