Opal in its host rock

Opal in its host rock

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Caption: Opal in its host rock. Opal is a form of hydrous silicon oxide deposited from silica-bearing waters in voids and fissures of certain rock formations. Water molecules trapped in the silica account for the milky luster and brilliant pastel colours that make opal such a desirable precious stone. Specimen measures 250mm across, and was found in Opal Butte, Oregon, USA.

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