5" Polished Baker Ranch Thunderegg - New Mexico

This is a gorgeous "Baker Ranch Thunderegg" that was collected from New Mexico. It has been cut in half and polished, and features colorful agate and quartz filled pockets. Both halves are included with your purchase, each of which is accompanied by an acrylic display stand

Baker Ranch was the old name given to the general area that these thundereggs were collected, though there are several thunderegg collection sites within "Baker Ranch". One of the better known mines of this area is The Baker Egg Mine which produces a variety of colorful thundereggs. The site that this thunderegg was collected from is no longer accessible.

Baker Egg agate (also known as Baker Ranch agate) is a type of agate that formed as thundereggs (lithophysae) from a primarily rhyolite-perlite host rock. They are collected from an area southwest of Deming, New Mexico that was formerly known as Baker Ranch. These thundereggs are unique in that they exhibit vibrant coloration typically only found in agate nodules (amygdaloids).

Thundereggs are rarely found in any other color than white, blue or grey-blue, yet Baker Egg Mine produces mixtures of red, yellow, black, white and, in rare cases, green agate. This is due to the unique geologic history of the area, where rhyolitic lava deposits were disrupted by a mixture of geologic forces and the introduction of basaltic and andesitic lava flows over millions of years. These additional lava flows likely provided the minerals necessary for the variety of coloration found in Baker Egg agates (thundereggs).

Agate is a variety of microcrystalline quartz (chalcedony) that displays translucence and, in some cases, banding. Agate primarily forms when silica-rich fluids fill pockets within rocks and/or fossils, depositing the silica along the walls of the rock. This process can result in banding patterns, as the compositions and impurities of these depositing fluids change over time. These banding patterns can either form as flat layers, creating linear patterns known as waterline agate, or as rounded layers, forming more common ring-like patterns. These patterns depend on the surfaces available for deposition.

Quartz is the name given to silicon dioxide (SiO2) and is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich environments--usually igneous rocks or hydrothermal environments like geothermal waters--at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. In either case, crystals will precipitate as temperatures cool, just as ice gradually forms when water freezes. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountain formation: these veins can be hundreds of millions of years old.
Chalcedony var. Agate & Quartz
Southwest of Deming, New Mexico
5 x 5" (each half roughly the same)