Volcano eruptions are raining green gems on Hawaii’s island

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-Dailymail


Web Desk: Olivines are tiny green mineral gems that are being dislodged from the ground by the lava and ash. The eruptions of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano have rained tiny green gems onto the island’s street and beaches, reported Dailymail.

A blurry image of a large, paler olivine found in Hawaii this week 

Olivines are used to make the birthstone peridot, a popular stone in jewelry which can fetch $450 per carat in its best form

The minerals are neither created in the eruption nor do they emerged directly from the ground by the lava and ash. They have always been there but have been dislodged by the recent eruptions and are coming down on resident.

People are collecting the minerals from beaches and streets and say it is proof of the wonders of nature.

This green gem is known as Peridot, which is used to make jewellery and can be worth as much as $450 per carat.

According to a geologist at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, Cheryl Gansecki, ‘There are two reasons the gems were being discovered more frequently because of the eruptions.’

‘The lava that is erupting now is very crystal-rich and it is quite possible that residents might be finding olivine,’ she added.

‘It can be carried in the pumice [rapidly cooled lava] pieces that have been rained all over the area or left behind when weaker lava rocks are crushed,’ she said.

 

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