(Active) Mining Mookaite
Mining Mookaite in Western Australia at Mooka Springs
Mookaite is a silicified porcellanite or Jasper formed in the sedimentary environment of the ocean floor.
Siliceous ooze is a siliceous pelagic sediment that covers large areas of the deep ocean floor. Siliceous oozes consist predominantly of the remains of microscopic sea creatures, mostly those of diatoms and radiolarians.
The silica material from which it is derived comes from the abundant zooplankton of the Radiolaria family.
Radiolarians have a highly geometric skeleton made of very fine silica, this is what forms Mookaite.