The city of Ulyanovsk has many claims to fame, but the one we like best is the monument to the letter “Ё,” which was added to the Russian alphabet in 1797 and is almost out of use in modern Russian. Eeeeeeeee!
The field of view for this specimen is 1.85cm. Michael chose this specimen because he thought this would be the perfect challenge for the masochistic puzzler. Word of caution: if you stare at this image for too long, you may start to sing ‘Born This Way’ by Lady Gaga
Unlike regular pyrite, Rainbow pyrite falls under the scientific category of ‘get-out-on-the-dance-floor’. Offering more sass than plain ol’ iron Pyrite (aka Fool’s Gold), this disco variety gets its rainbow hues from small traces of molybdenum and oxidation.
Pyrite can be found throughout the world, including Spain, Peru and Nunavut, but this iridescent mess of love was found at a unique locality near the city of Ulyanovsk, on the Volga river, Russia.