15.6" Flower-Like Sandstone Concretion - Pseudo Stromatolite

This is a large 15.6" wide flower-shaped sandstone concretion from the Sahara Desert in Morocco. The flower-like pattern has been caused by surface erosion in the desert. One edge of the stone has been cut flat for presentation.

These concretions are frequently referred to and marketed as stromatolites (trace fossils of algal colonies), but are not actually fossils. When cut and polished they do not show distinctive layering patterns you would expect to see in a stromatolite. From reports on the location, the flower-like patterns are only seen on specimens exposed to the surface, indicating they are caused by erosion.

A concretion is a hard, compact mass of rock that forms around a nucleus and is found in sedimentary rock. The initial nucleus that starts the formation of the concretion is typically organic material. Concretions are commonly spherical or oval in shape, but can take on some very irregular shapes too.
FOR SALE
$195 $156
DETAILS
SPECIES
Sandstone
LOCATION
Sahara Desert, Morocco
SIZE
15.6 x 9.8 x 4.5", Weighs 32 lbs
ITEM
#289019