6.7" Polished Mookaite Jasper Slab - Australia

This is an 6.7" wide, polished slab of vibrantly colored Mookaite. One side has been polished to a mirror like finish and it's accompanied by an acrylic display stand. A very nice decorative piece.

Mookaite is a stunning, multi-colored stone with vibrant hues of reds, yellow and purples formed from the fossilized remains of microscopic radiolarians. It is found in the 110 million year old Windalia Radiolarite formation which formed on a shallow, marine shelf. Mookaite is found as vibrantly colored nodules in certain beds of soft, white clay within the formation.

Radiolarite is a fine-grained, chert-like sedimentary rock that is composed predominantly of the microscopic remains of radiolarians. Radiolaria are tiny (1/10th mm), free-floating, Zooplankton that produce intricate mineral skeletons made of silica. When the radiolarians died their tiny silica based, skeletons settled on the bottom of the ocean and became covered in sediment (mud/clay)

As this sediment turned to sedimentary rock (a process known as diagenesis) the silica from the radiolarian skeletons pinching and coagulates into ribbons, nodules and other irregular concretions. These ribbons, nodules and concretions are the Mookaite within the clay layers. The coloration is due to other (mostly iron based) mineral impurities present along with the silica. So, technically Mookaite could be considered is a fossiliferous, sedimentary rock made out of the tiny skeletons of radiolarians.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Quartz var Jasper
LOCATION
Mooka Creek, Gascoyne Junction, Western Australia
FORMATION
Windalia Radiolarite
SIZE
6.7 x 3.1", .75" thick
ITEM
#103331