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Finding the Ocean Inside of a Giant Opal

Opal is a unique gem that is found primarily in Australia. The national gemstone of the country, opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica. The water content of an opal can range from 3% to 21% and is commonly found alongside limonate, sandstone, marl, rhyolite and basalt.

While Australia produces over 97% of the worlds supply of opal today, there was a rare find in the state of Oregon recently. It had been over a century since opal was found in the forested land, yet this stunning specimen was found there, and when combined with light creates what seems to be a magical underwater scene from the ocean. The gem, which is owned by Inna Gem, is named the Opal Butte, which is derived from the name of a mine that existed in 1890s Oregon. 

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Tags #Geology    #Opal    #History    #Oregon    #Gem   

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