6.6" Polished Brecciated Snakeskin Jasper Slab - Western Australia

This is a vibrantly colored slab of brecciated snakeskin jasper from Western Australia. It's been cut and on one side, polished to a mirror like finish, revealing some very interesting banded patterns. Comes with an acrylic display stand.

A portion of the back side of this slab has broken free, leaving the specimen with a relatively thin section.

It formed as seams of jaspilite in a banded iron formation called the "Weeli Wooli Formation" which is about 2.5 billion years old.

The term "brecciated" is directly related to broken up and cemented mineralizations, such as this snakeskin jasper. Following the breaking of this rock, ground water containing silica assisted in the natural cementing process of the fragmented jasper, resulting in this beautiful mineral association.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Quartz var. Jasper
LOCATION
Turee Creek Cattle Station, Pilbara Region, Western Australia
FORMATION
Weeli Wooli Formation
SIZE
6.6" long, 5.6" wide, .4" thick
ITEM
#96250