Oncolite Specimen Russian Stone Gemstone Mineral


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This is the polished oncolite specimen. Dimensions: 2.8 x 2.1 x 0.4″ (7.2 x 5.3 x 0.9cm). Weight – 2.1oz (59 grams). Origin: Russia, Siberia.

Some information about oncolite:

Oncolites are sedimentary structures composed of oncoids, which are layered structures formed by cyanobacterial growth. Oncolites are very similar to stromatolites, but, instead of forming columns, they form approximately spherical structures. The oncoids often form around a central nucleus, such as a shell fragment, and a calcium carbonate structure is deposited by encrusting microbes. Oncolites are indicators of warm waters in the photic zone, but are also known in contemporary freshwater environments. These structures rarely exceed 10 cm in diameter (More information about oncolite).

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Additional information

Weight 59 g