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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Rocks and Minerals ➔ Agate

Identifier:
2019.1.1794
Description:
Agate is a variety of chalcedony which is a type of quartz. It is formed when silica-rich groundwater is deposited into the cavities of volcanic rock. Each layer can be a different color depending on the different materials that mix with the groundwater when it is entering the cavity. The layers form within the shape of the cavity which accounts for the unique patterns in each agate. This specimen was found in Brazil. 

Formula: SiO2
Date:
1886 – 1906
Source:
Museum Collection
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