3.35" Polished Septarian Sphere - Madagascar

This is a beautiful polished sphere of septarian, deposited during the Jurassic period and collected from the Betsiboka Region of Madagascar. The polishing reveals beautiful patterns of multicolored calcite sections, often creating a reptilian look: hence, septarian is often nicknamed dragon stone!

Comes with an acrylic ring display stand.

Septarian or septarian nodules are concretions containing angular cavities or cracks, called "septaria", filled with calcite and aragonite. A concretion is a hard, compact mass of rock that often forms around decaying organic matter. In the case of septarian nodules, the concretions formed around decaying sea life in a marine environment.

The exact mechanism for how the cracks form in the concretions is a mystery. One possible mechanism is the dehydration of the clay-rich core of a concretion, causing it to shrink and crack. The cracks could also be caused by gas expansion produced by the decaying organic matter within a concretion. Earthquakes have also been suggested as yet another mechanism.

The cracks in the concretions are then filled in with minerals such as calcite (yellow), aragonite (brown), and sometimes pyrite, causing very interesting patterns. They have often been described as looking like dragon's skin. They are frequently found as geodes with hollow, calcite crystal-filled cavities. More rarely, the fossils that originally started the formation of the concretion are still preserved in the septarian.
FOR SALE
$49
DETAILS
SPECIES
Septarian
LOCATION
Ambondromamy, Betsiboka Region, Madagascar
SIZE
3.35" wide
CATEGORY
ITEM
#289931