5" Beautiful, Crystal Filled Septarian Nodule - Utah

 
This is a beautiful, polished, septarian nodule/geode collected West of Orderville, Utah. It has a gorgeous pattern due to the aragonite and calcite filling in cracks and a cavity lined with stunning, calcite crystals. The base has been cut flat and felt lined so that it displays nicely on a flat surface.

Septarian or septarian nodules are concretions containing angular cavities or cracks, called "septaria" which have become filled with calcite and aragonite. A concretion is hard, compact mass of rock that often forms around decaying organic matter. In the case of septarian nodules the concretions formed around decaying sea-life in a marine environment.

The exact mechanism for how the cracks form in the concretions is a mystery. One possible mechanism is the dehydration of the clay-rich core of a concretion causing it to shrink and crack. Another is the cracks being due to the expansion of gases produced by the decay of organic matter within a concretion. Earthquakes have also been a suggested as yet another mechanism.

The cracks in the concretions are then filled in with minerals such as calcite (yellow) and aragonite (brown) and sometime pyrite causing the very interesting patterns, which have often been described as dragon's skin. They are frequently found as geodes with hollow, calcite crystal filled cavities. More rarely the fossils that originally started the formation of the concretion are still preserved in the septarian.
FOR SALE
$165
DETAILS
SPECIES
Septarian
LOCATION
West of Orderville, Utah
SIZE
5" tall, 5.2" wide, 3.4" deep
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#80903