Jasper

Jasper

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Jasper, cut and polished surface. Jasper is a form of chalcedony, a type of cryptocrystalline quartz (silica, SiO2) mineral. The dramatic colours are derived from impurities in the rock, mostly iron oxide. This sample is from Roy Hill in Western Australia.

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Keywords: chalcedony, cut, gemstone, iron oxide, jasper, mineral, polished, quartz, section, sectioned, semi-precious stone, silica, slice, sliced

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