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Mookaite

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The term 'Mookaite' is an unofficial, locally coined name for a silicified porcelanite which forms in the weathering profile of a geological formation known as Windalia Radiolarite (WR), a Lower Cretaceous siltstone that outcrops over much of the Carnarvon Basin in Western Australia.

Mookaite is variously, and incorrectly, described as chert, opalite, chalcedony or combinations of the three.

From a strictly geological perspective however, Mookaite is best defined as a silicified type of WR whose silification is opaline to chalcedonic.

[A.McLaren, www.eskimo.com/~knapper/mookaite.htm]

Classification of Mookaite

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Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Mookaite

Reference List:
A.McLaren,www.eskimo.com/~knapper/mookaite.htm

Internet Links for Mookaite

Localities for Mookaite

(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Australia
 
  • Western Australia
    • Carnarvon Shire
Carnarvon Tourist Bureau
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