In 1979 the Florida Legislature designated agatized coral as the Florida State Stone. It is described in the statute as “a chalcedony pseudomorph after coral, appearing as limestone geodes lined with botryoidal agate or quartz crystals and drusy quartz fingers, indigenous to Florida.” See below to discover the rocks and minerals of Florida. To view information about Florida's geologic formations, visit our Formations page.
A variety of cryptocrystalline quartz (SiO2). It is found in a variety of colors, typically gray, brown, black, white and sometimes red. Fossil corals and mollusks may be replaced with agate deposited by silica-rich ground water percolating through limestone.
A zirconuim silicate, ZrSiO4, it may be colorless, red, blue, brown or lavender. The streak is colorless.
For further information, please see the Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Florida (FGS Special Publication No. 8). This guide was first printed in 1961 and reprinted in 1981, and it currently is not available in printed form. Because of the age of this publication, some of the information is outdated. This guide was written to serve as a tool for the identification, occurrence, production and use of Florida's most common rocks and minerals. It was primarily intended to be a simplified general reference for the student; therefore, technical information and detailed descriptive material were minimized. Some of the terminology used in these webpages (color, streak, hardness, specific gravity, cleavage) is explained in the guide.
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