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See the exquisite inner world of the gemstone crazy lace agate


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See the exquisite inner world of the gemstone crazy lace agate

By Gege Li Chris Perani Photographer Chris Perani THIS exquisite image captures the astonishing internal structure of crazy lace agate, also known as Mexican agate. This section of the mineral is some 65 million years old. Agate is related to quartz and infused with aluminium and iron, which help create the chaotic explosion of colours…

See the exquisite inner world of the gemstone crazy lace agate

By Gege Li

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Chris Perani

Photographer Chris Perani

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THIS exquisite image captures the astonishing internal structure of crazy lace agate, also known as Mexican agate. This section of the mineral is some 65 million years old. Agate is related to quartz and infused with aluminium and iron, which help create the chaotic explosion of colours and patterns.

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Visualising the complexity of agate requires special techniques. Photographer Chris Perani uses a 200-millimetre camera lens, to which he attaches a microscope objective lens in order to achieve the necessary magnification.

Each final image is made up …

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