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Colorful Boulder
Boulder 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.
Its creekbed location is northwards "as the crow flies" (or the fault creeps?)
of a larger deposit of Orbicular Jasper in the southern foothills.
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