A gallery of photos of Brazilian, moss, banded and fortification agates
All photographs and captions are copyright by Professor Richard Weston of Earth Images
|This is a tiny area from a large piece of a wonderfully-named |
American Flame-tail Rooster Agate. The brilliant-red 'vegetation' is
the source of its generic name, moss agate, and is formed by
crystalline growths of impurities such as iron oxide. Size: 3cm.
|This detail from a large slice of Brazilian agate is formed of a |
brilliant orange 'island' of agate surrounded by what appears to be a
dark brown 'moss' agate, most likely consisting of manganese oxide, and
this in turn is ringed by crystalline quartz. Size: 2cm.
|This image, scanned with transmitted light from the perimeter of a|
banded agate, shows an island of quartz framed by the concentric rings
of agate 'eyes', which are generally the result of slicing through
hemispherical formations that typically develop near the outer surface.
|This Madagascan agate shows many classic features: concentric |
banding; 'eyes' sliced through hemispherical formations; the ends of
hollow tubes that formed around inclusions of other minerals such as
rutile or geothite; and areas of crystalline quartz. Size: 7cm.
|Agate frequently frames a quartz-filled void, but here this is |
reversed. The whole slice consists of a very narrow band of agate
framing a large area of quartz at the centre of which is this exquisite
formation, seen in more detail in AG170. Size: 10cm
|This is a detail of the above agate and features the kind of |
complex, hard-to-explain formations that are a speciality of Brazilian
agates. Size: 3cm
|The banded formations of this agate are a wildly distorted version|
of the classic 'fortification' type. The distortions are thought to be
the result of internal forces operating prior to crystallisation, but
their precise nature is not understood. Size: 7cm.
Professor Richard Weston is a renowned architect and author as well as Professor of Architecture at Cardiff University, UK.
As part of the FutureWorld exhibition, he designed and built Radiant
House, which was conceived as an inhabitable walled garden with a
plywood roof floating on structural glass. He has also designed a
wonderfully original Triangular House, and many of his works have been
exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. His books
, winner of the International Book Award of
the American Institute of Architects, and what has been described as
possibly the finest monograph ever produced about an architect, on the
work of Jørn Utzon, architect of Sydney Opera House.
His passion for mineral images began when he bought an ammonite that
cost more than his scanner: the results were dreadful - and the scanner
now used cost rather more than many ammonites - but the results are
wonderful. They often demand a great deal of time to produce: preparing
the minerals, taking scan after scan, and then digitally removing
blemishes left by polishing powder and dust. Only a tiny minority have
made it into his online collection and without his passion, Richard
could not possibly have amassed such a large collection of world class
images for you to enjoy. He invites you to his website to view an online collection of 200 mineral images.