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 Post subject: Polish Chert
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 7:55 pm 
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A friend recently brought this magnificent CHERT slice to brunch. It is over 12" long.
I have never seen anything like it. Totally opaque.

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It was purchased in Tucson last February. Sold as Polished chert nodule from Jurassic limestone, Kielce, Poland


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 Post subject: Re: Polish Chert
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Usually marketed as polish flint, it's a really spectacular material. It takes one hell of a high polish too, and the darker bands are a bit translucent. Other locales produce banded flint but I've never seen any like the Polish material.

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Do you happen to have any specific information on this formation?
I presume voids in limestone filled by siliceous H2O.....but ending up with chert, not agate?
That's................unexpected, no?

Some crazy tectonic action?


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Alas, I'm afraid it's actually pretty typical to get chert rather than agate in that context. There's some debate over the exact mechanisms involved as I understand it, but chalk and limestone are the typical hosts for flint/chert nodules. The patterning is in all likelihood a spectacular example of liesegang banding developed during or after the initial nodule formation.

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Kewl info.


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 Post subject: Re: Polish Chert
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There is a nice one just ending on ebay - no bids - here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TCR-POLISH-FLIN ... SwKfVXKpzf

I don't know anything about the seller, but it is a nice picture.


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Thanks. I just put a $9 bid on the slab.
Yep, it's cracked and not even close to the awesomeness of Norman Mahan's slab......but I am merely a minion in his shadow. 8)


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Hope you get it - it makes truly nice cabs. I picked one up at a small rock shop in California years ago and it gave me some really nice cabs.


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