Mookaite Jasper from Mooka Station, Gascoyne Region WA

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The name “mookaite” is derived from the locality where it is dug, namely Mooka Creek. It is actually a fossiliferous sedimentary rock and according to locals, the Aboriginal word “mooka” means “running waters”. Due to its hardness, it can easily be polished and is widely available as tumbled stones. This piece I got as a slab was quite intriguing as it looks like bacon, and I love bacon!

Karina and I did a road trip up the east coast to Byron Bay around Easter of 2015. This specimen was purchased from Crystal Castle, we spent the whole day there walking around the gardens, taking in all the beautiful crystals. It really is a beautiful place to relax.

Specimen Details

Chemical Formula: SiO2 Silicon Dioxide with impurities

ID #: JG0020

Colour: Red, burgundy, mustard-yellow, cream, white,
brown, mauve and purple

Hardness: 7

Acquisition Date: 05/04/2015

Crystal System: Trigonal

Lustre: Vitreous

Dimensions: 206mm x 55mm x 17mm

Weight: 273g

Location: Mooka Station, Gascoyne Region, Western Australia

Rarity of Mineral

Common

Did you know!?
The correct geological term for the formation that mookaite occurs in is: Windalia Radiolarite.

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