5" Realistic, Polished Mookaite Jasper Skull - Australia

 
 
 
This is unique, hand-carved mookaite jasper skull. It displays cloud-like patterns of pastel yellows, oranges and browns. The underside of the skull has been hollowed-out, making the specimen closer in resemblance to a real skull.

Mookaite jasper 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.
FOR SALE
$225
DETAILS
SPECIES
Jasper var. Mookaite
LOCATION
Australia
SIZE
5 x 4 x 3.4"
ITEM
#116511