Barite Rose Rock clusters can run from small two roses to as large as hundreds of roses. The larger clusters can weigh hundreds of pounds. It is amazing how such creations can be formed and hidden beneath our hardened soil.
Some clusters of rose rock form interesting shapes which, with a little imagination, resemble hollow logs, Mickey Mouse heads, turtles, poodles, bird nests, tiny wreaths with an open center, hearts, and butterflies. Unfortunately, these formations are rare and are usually found among the fine-petalled roses. Below are a sampling of these strange formations. The picture below displays a cluster about three feet long.
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