17th October 2019

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What causes phosphorescence?

This phosphorescence is usually caused by algae suspended in the water. Much like fireflies flitting through the air, the algae (of a wide variety of species) emit a glow whenever they are jostled. Sometimes that's caused by the tides rolling in and out.

Are all gems minerals?

Therefore, not all gemstones are minerals. For example, amber is solidified tree resin, so it is not a mineral. Gemstones can be classified as either amorphous or crystalline. Amorphous gemstones have no orderly internal atomic structure and no naturally occurring shape.
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