Groutite, Chalcedony (Var: Petrified Wood)
Toenail, 2.9 x 2.3 x 1.1 cm
Black Water Mine, Black Mesa Basin, Apache Co., Arizona, USA
Groutite is a rare manganese oxide. Lustrous needles of groutite, to 5 mm, are scatttered on both sides and the top of the ribbed, quartz-replaced petrified wood. This specimen is from a remarkable and so far unique find in 1975. A miner who'd worked in the area for years brought in a small lot of specimens to a rock shop owned by Lolette Dalbeck in Ridgecrest, California. Ex. Mullane Collection.