in foreground has been identified as rough
Orbicular (Poppy) Jasper, part of the Radiolarian Chert family.
|Normally you would walk right past it without noticing it.|
|But if the light is right, its unique coloration becomes obvious.|
|Its smooth surface is a kaleidoscope of colors.|
|Its polished appearance is due to its creekbed location.|
|Creekwater has dashed against it for untold decades.|
|The force of water effectively prevented closer examination.|
|The richness of its red coloration is due to iron in its composition.|
creekbed location is northwards "as the crow flies" (or the fault
of a larger deposit of Orbicular Jasper in the southern foothills.
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