2.3" Polished Pink and Purple Thunderegg - Oregon
This is a 2.3" wide "thunderegg" nodule half, collected from the Oregon. The interior contains contains a mixture of pink and purple agate, with what appears to be acicular crystal inclusions throughout the agate.
Agate is a variety of microcrystalline quartz that displays translucence and in some cases banding. Agate primarily forms when silica-rich fluids fill pockets within rock and/or fossils, resulting in deposition of the silica along the walls of the rock. This process can result in banding patterns as the composition and impurities of the fluids change over time. These banding patterns can either form as flat layers or rounded layers, depending on the surfaces available for deposition.