Field of Science

Art and Geology: The Crystal Searcher

"We can affirm as for sure, that it [the crystal] can be found in rocks of the Alps, often on so inaccessible sites, that only by climbing [on a rope] one can recover it."
Pliny the Elder (23-79 BC)

Fig.1. Painting by Henry Lévèque with the title Crystal searcher Jacques Balmat” (first to ascend Mont Blanc in 1786).

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