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Wholesale: Sandstone Concretions (Pseudo-Stromatolites) - 38 Pieces
We just launched our new wholesale areas. Check out the wholesale fossils, minerals & crystals section for more listings. Very little of the wholesale inventory that we currently have in stock is listed on the website. If there is something specific you are looking for, or if you are looking to purchase different quantities, please contact us at [email protected] or (866) 550-2013This is a wholesale flat of 38 flower-shaped, red sandstone concretions from the Sahara Desert in Morocco. They range from 1.5 to 4.5" across and you will receive the exact lot pictured. The flower-like pattern has been caused by surface erosion in the desert. At the wholesale price, each piece is approximately $2.
These concretions are frequently referred and marketed to as Stromatolite (trace fossils of algal colonies), but I'm pretty convinced that they are not. When cut and polished they do not show distinctive layering patterns you would expect to see in a Stromatolite. Also from reports on the location the flower like patterns are only seen on surface exposed specimens, indicating they are caused by erosion.
A concretion is a hard, compact mass of rock that forms around a nuclei and found in sedimentary rock. The initial nucleus that started the formation of the concretion is typically organic material. Concretions are typically spherical or oval but can take on some very irregular shapes too.