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Poetically known as Baikal Zen Rocks, this rare effect happens when a flat rock that has fallen onto the ice catches the spring sun and melts the ice underneath it. Only a thin pedestal supporting the rock remains. The pedestal is far enough from the sides of the rock that it escapes melting. At night, the water beneath the rock refreezes. Photos by Colin Monteath.

 

Poetically known as Baikal Zen Rocks, this rare effect happens when a flat rock that has fallen onto the ice catches the spring sun and melts the ice underneath it. Only a thin pedestal supporting the rock remains. The pedestal is far enough from the sides of the rock that it escapes melting. At night, the water beneath the rock refreezes. Photos by Colin Monteath.

Poetically known as Baikal Zen Rocks, this rare effect happens when a flat rock that has fallen onto the ice catches the spring sun and melts the ice underneath it. Only a thin pedestal supporting the rock remains. The pedestal is far enough from the sides of the rock that it escapes melting. At night, the water beneath the rock refreezes. Photos by Colin Monteath.

 

Poetically known as Baikal Zen Rocks, this rare effect happens when a flat rock that has fallen onto the ice catches the spring sun and melts the ice underneath it. Only a thin pedestal supporting the rock remains. The pedestal is far enough from the sides of the rock that it escapes melting. At night, the water beneath the rock refreezes. Photos by Colin Monteath.

A translucent green ocean jasper cabochon with floating orbs by Ocean Jasper Collectors.

Can you GROW an Opal?

Unlike other gems which are solid crystals, opal is made of silica nanoparticles which have to be stacked together in just the right way to produce their magnificent colors. By growing silica nanoparticles of the right size, synthetic opal can be grown. How realistic it looks is another question, though.

Lanyon Quoit in Cornwall, United Kingdom, by Jean Cullen Photography.

Another example of landscape agate – this one looks like a swamp.

A lovely example of landscape agate.

The Marmorslottet (Marble Castle) located in Mo i Rana, Norway, by photographer Therese Jaegtvik.

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