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A variety of Opal

Opal that has replaced fossil wood.

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Classification of Wood Opal

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Other Names for Wood Opal

Synonyms:
Lithoxyl OpalOpalised WoodOpalized WoodZeasite
Other Languages:
German:Holzopal
Spanish:Xilópalo

Other Information

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

References for Wood Opal

Reference List:

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Jones, J.B. and E.R. Segnit (1971), The nature of opal. I Nomenclature and constituent phases. Journal of the Geological Society of Australia: 18: 57-68.

Anal. Chem. Acta (1994): 286: 107.

Lapis Extra No. 10, Opal (1996).

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  • Localities for Wood Opal

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? 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.
    Angola
     
    • Luanda Province
    Martins da Pedra collection
    Argentina
     
    • Chubut
      • Pichiñán
    Raúl Jorge Tauber Larry C. T. Friz, F. Rodrigo y P.N. Stipanicic - Recursos y posibilidades Uraníferas en Argentina. Session 2.11 P/405. Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica. Victorio Angelelli (1958) Los minerales de Uranio sus yacimientos y prospección. Departamento de Geología y Minería. Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica.
    • Entre Ríos
    Juan Carlos Lodovichi
    Raúl Jorge Tauber Larry (1967). Visita al arroyo Espinillo en la Provincia de Entre Ríos.
    Raúl Jorge Tauber Larry (1967). Visita al arroyo Espinillo en la Provincia de Entre Ríos.
    • Santa Cruz
      • Deseado Department
    Raúl Jorge Tauber Larry
    Raúl Jorge Tauber Larry
    Raúl Jorge Tauber Larry
        • Amaicha del Valle District
    Raúl Jorge Tauber Larry
    Raúl Jorge Tauber Larry
    Australia
     
    • New South Wales
      • Finch Co.
        • Lightning Ridge
    - Smith, E. & R. (1999): Black Opal Fossils of Lightning Ridge - Treasures from the Rainbow Billabong, Kangaroo Press, East Roseville.
    - Cram, L. (2004): A Journey with Colour, Vol 2, Part B - A History of Lightning Ridge Opal 1873-2003, Len Cram.
    - Cram, L. (2004): A Journey with Colour, Vol 2, Part B - A History of Lightning Ridge Opal 1873-2003, Len Cram.
    - Smith, E. & R. (1999): Black Opal Fossils of Lightning Ridge - Treasures from the Rainbow Billabong, Kangaroo Press, East Roseville. - Cram, L. (2004): A Journey with Colour, Vol 2, Part B - A History of Lightning Ridge Opal 1873-2003, Len Cram.
    Smith, E. & R. (1999): Black Opal Fossils of Lightning Ridge - Treasures from the Rainbow Billabong, Kangaroo Press, East Roseville.
    Cram, L. (2004): A Journey with Colour, Vol 2, Part B - A History of Lightning Ridge Opal 1873-2003, Len Cram.
    Cram, L. (2004): A Journey with Colour, Vol 2, Part B - A History of Lightning Ridge Opal 1873-2003, Len Cram.
    Smith, E. & R. (1999): Black Opal Fossils of Lightning Ridge - Treasures from the Rainbow Billabong, Kangaroo Press, East Roseville.
    Cram, L. (2004): A Journey with Colour, Vol 2, Part B - A History of Lightning Ridge Opal 1873-2003, Len Cram.
    Smith, E. & R. (1999): Black Opal Fossils of Lightning Ridge - Treasures from the Rainbow Billabong, Kangaroo Press, East Roseville.
    Smith, E. & R. (1999): Black Opal Fossils of Lightning Ridge - Treasures from the Rainbow Billabong, Kangaroo Press, East Roseville.
    Smith, E. & R. (1999): Black Opal Fossils of Lightning Ridge - Treasures from the Rainbow Billabong, Kangaroo Press, East Roseville.
    - Smith, E. & R. (1999): Black Opal Fossils of Lightning Ridge - Treasures from the Rainbow Billabong, Kangaroo Press, East Roseville.
          • Wyoming Opal Fields
    Cram, L. (2004): A Journey with Colour, Vol 2, Part B - A History of Lightning Ridge Opal 1873-2003, Len Cram.
    Smith, E. & R. (1999): Black Opal Fossils of Lightning Ridge - Treasures from the Rainbow Billabong, Kangaroo Press, East Roseville.
      • Narran Co.
        • Angledool
    - Smith, E. & R. (1999): Black Opal Fossils of Lightning Ridge - Treasures from the Rainbow Billabong, Kangaroo Press, East Roseville. - Cram, L. (2004): A Journey with Colour, Vol 2, Part B - A History of Lightning Ridge Opal 1873-2003, Len Cram. - Australian Opal Centre web site http://www.australianopalcentre.com/
    • Queensland
      • Paroo Shire
    Brazil
     
    Martins da Pedra collection
    Bulgaria
     
    • Haskovo Oblast (Khaskovo Oblast)
      • Mineralni Bani Obshtina
    Marcus Voigt Collection
    Canada
     
    • Manitoba
      • Souris
    John Sinkankas (1959) Gemstones of North America: Volume 3; Phillips, K. A. (1978) Minerals of Manitoba: Vol 1 Nonmetallic and pegmatic. Manitoba Mineral Resources Division Educational Series 78/1.
    France
     
    • Auvergne
      • Cantal
        • Saint-Flour
          • Loubaresse
    http://www.brgm.fr/volcan/ressourcesmin.htm
    Georgia
     
    • Adjaria Autonomous Republic
    Alexander G. Tvalchrelidze, Georges Morizot (2003) Mineral Resource Base of the Southern Caucasus and Systems for its Management in the XXIst Century. Springer 204pp
    Germany
     
    • Hesse
      • Main valley
        • Dietesheim - Steinheim
    S. Weiss: Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West, Weise (Munich), 1990; Own collection
    • North Rhine-Westphalia
      • Siegerland
        • Neunkirchen
          • Hohenseelbachskopf
    Haege, T. (1887): Die Mineralien des Siegerlandes und der angrenzenden Gebiete. 50 pp.
    • Schleswig-Holstein
      • Kiel
        • Preetz
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
    Hungary
     
    • Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén Co.
      • Zemplén Mtns (Tokaj Mtns)
        • Arka
    Szakáll & Gatter: Hungarian Mineral Species, 1993
        • Megyaszó
        • Telkibánya
    • Heves Co.
      • Bükk Mtns
    GEODA 2004
    • Nógrád Co.
      • Börzsöny Mtns
      • Cserhát Mtns
    C. Lemanski, Jr. (re-entry of lost Mindat data).
    GEODA 2004
      • Mátra Mtns
        • Szurdokpüspöki
    Szakáll: 100 Hungarian Mineral Locality, 2004
    • Veszprém Co.
      • Bakony Mtns
    Koch: Minerals of Hungary, 1985
        • Várpalota
    Szakáll & Jánosi: Minerals of Hungary, 1995
    • Zala Co.
      • Keszthelyi Mtns
        • Cserszegtomaj
    Koch: Minerals of Hungary, 1985
    Mexico
     
    • Coahuila
      • Mun. de Sierra Mojada
        • Sierra Mojada
    Panczner(1987):228-286.
    • Durango
      • Mun. de Mezquital
        • Mezquital
    Panczner (1987): 286.
    Mongolia
     
    • Dornogovi Aimag
    Pavel M. Kartashov data
    Poland
     
    • Opolskie
    Kornaga Collection
    Slovakia
     
    • Banská Bystrica Region
      • Banská Bystrica Co.
    Koděra et all.,1990: Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, I-III, 1590p
        • Hrochoť
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590k
        • Poniky
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590k
    Gerard van der Veldt collection.
    Pauliš,P.,Ďuďa,R.,2002: Nejzajímavejší mineralogická naletište Slovenska. Kuttna,K.Hora, 136p
      • Banská Štiavnica Co.
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590
      • Detva Co.
    Koděra, M., Andrusovová-Vlčeková, G., Belešová, O., Briatková, D., Dávidová, Š., Fejdiová, V., Hurai, V., Chovan, M., Nelišerová, E., Ženiš, P. (1986-1990): Topografická mineralógia Slovenska. I-III. Veda, Bratislava, 1592 p.
      • Žiar nad Hronom Co.
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590k
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590k
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590k
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590k
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590
    • Nitra Region
      • Levice Co.
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590k
        • Veľký Ďur
    Wood Opals From Velky Dur,Mineral no.3,2006,Illasova and Turnovec
    • Prešov Region
      • Prešov Co.
    Koděra, M. et al., 1986 a 1990 : Topografická mineralógia Slovenska, diel 1- 3, Veda – Vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava, 1990, 1 – 1590k
      • Vranov nad Topľou Co.
    Duda et all.,:Mineralógia severnej časti Slanských vrchov. Min.Slovaca,Monografia 2,Bratislava, 98 p
    • Trenčín Region
      • Prievidza Co.
        • Handlová
    S.Šimko
    Thailand
     
    • Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Khorat Province)
      • Nakhon Ratchasima District
    C. Lemanski, Jr. (visited, collected & photographed).
    USA
     
    • California
      • Amador Co.
    California Journal of Mines and Geology (1954): 50(1); January, 1954: 211.
      • Kern Co.
        • El Paso Mts
          • Last Chance Canyon
    Dibblee, T.W., Jr. and T.E. Gay (1952) Mineral deposits of Saltdale quadrangle. California Division Mines and Geology Bulletin 160: 49-50; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 282; Sinkankas, J. (1976) Gemstones of North America II. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York: 58-59; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 355.
      • Santa Barbara Co.
        • Santa Maria
    Rogers, Austin Flint (1938), Fossil termite pellets in opalized wood from Santa Maria, California: American Journal of Science, 5th. Series: 36: 389-392; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 282.
    • Colorado
      • Douglas Co.
        • Castle Rock Area
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
      • Fremont Co.
        • Tallahassee Creek District
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels; USGS OFR 84-219
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels; USGS OFR 84-219
      • Jefferson Co.
        • Golden District
          • Golden
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
      • Mesa Co.
        • Fruita
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
      • Teller Co.
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
    • Georgia
      • Brooks Co.
    Minerals of Georgia: Their properties and occurrences. Robert Cook GGWRD Bull 92
    Minerals of Georgia: Their properties and occurrences. Robert Cook GGWRD Bull 92
    Minerals of Georgia: Their properties and occurrences. Robert Cook GGWRD Bull 92
    • Idaho
      • Latah Co.
    Dake, 1956. NW Gem Trails, 2nd ed.
      • Lincoln Co.
    Dake, 1956. NW Gem Trails, 2nd ed.
    • Indiana
      • Henry Co.
    Erd, R. C. and S.S. Greenburg (1960) Minerals of Indiana. Indiana Geological Survey Bulletin 18 73pp
    • Louisiana
      • Catahoula Parish
    Earth Treasures Vol 4, Allan W. Eckert, 1987
      • Ouachita Parish
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974, Gems and Minerals of America
    • Montana
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974, Gems and Minerals of America
    • Nebraska
    The Minerals and Gemstones of Nebraska CSD U Neb EC 2
    The Minerals and Gemstones of Nebraska CSD U Neb EC 2
      • Cuming Co.
    Rocks & Minerals (1955) 30:372
      • Dodge Co.
    The Minerals and Gemstones of Nebraska CSD U Neb EC 2
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974,Gems and Minerals of America
      • Furnas Co.
    The Minerals and Gemstones of Nebraska CSD U Neb EC 2
      • Harlan Co.
    The Minerals and Gemstones of Nebraska CSD U Neb EC 2
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974,Gems and Minerals of America
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974,Gems and Minerals of America
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974,Gems and Minerals of America
    • Nevada
      • Carson City
        • Delaware District
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
      • Humboldt Co.
    NBMG files No. 50600003
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    USGS Bull 1538D
    USGS Bull 1538D
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
          • WRT Stonetree group
    Wentzell Revocable Trust
    Christopher N. Wentzell
      • Mineral Co.
        • Red Ridge District
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
      • Nye Co.
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
      • Washoe Co.
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    • New Mexico
      • Bernalillo Co.
    Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
      • Sandoval Co.
    Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
        • Jemez Sulfur District
    Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
    Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
      • Sierra Co.
    The Mineralogist, v. 9, no. 6, p. 222
      • Socorro Co.
    Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
    • Oregon
      • Malheur Co.
    Dake, 1956. NW Gem Trails, 2nd ed.
    • South Dakota
    Jay Ellis Ransom, 1974,Gems and Minerals of America
    Jay Ellis Ransom, 1974,Gems and Minerals of America
      • Todd Co.
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974, Gems and Minerals of America
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974, Gems and Minerals of America
    • Texas
      • Karnes Co.
    www.wma-minelife.com/uranium/papers/karnes.htm; Cherepon, Alan J., Minerals of the Karnes Uranium District - The Franklin of Texas.
    • Virginia
      • Hanover Co.
    Minerals of Virginia 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
    • Washington
      • Grant Co.
      • Kittitas Co.
    http://www.mineralcouncil.org/
    • Wyoming
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974, Gems and Minerals of America
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