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    OWYHEE PICTURE JASPER SLAB
    Owyhee River, Eastern Oregon, USA


    This unique Owyhee Picture Jasper is found on the Oregon/Idaho border, and this particular specimen - which looks more like a painting of a desert scene than a natural mineral phenomenon - was discovered along the banks of the Owyhee River in Eastern Oregon. One look at this piece, and it is no surprise that this material is renowned for its beautiful scenes featuring a blue-grey layer resembling the sky, over what looks like desert buttes. The intriguing patterning was caused by stress fractures that allowed water to penetrate. Groundwater carrying minerals in solution worked its way through these cracks, and the minerals were deposited in the rock along the fine cracks. Over the period of millions of years, silica penetrated and filled the cracks causing it to solidify. This sublime mineral slice conjures up images of an abstract desert scene. The exquisite polish helps reveal intricate details in the "desert view."
    Overall Measurements: 6.5 x 5.91 x 0.18 inches (16.51 x 15.0 x 0.45 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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