Here you see Kambaba Jasper in it's rough form then as a beautifully polished stone oil lamp from Light the Earth.
Stromatolites, colonial structures created by Cyanobacteria (commonly called blue-green algae) are
among the oldest fossils on earth, being found in rocks over 3 billion years old. Once the dominant life
form on the planet, Stromatolites are now found in only a few places, such as Madagascar.
Cyanobacteria form these mound-like structures by growing through sediment, binding the particles
together resulting in successive layers which, over very long time periods, may harden to form rocks.
These structures may be from fractions of an inch to several feet in diameter.
Cyanobacteria were likely responsible for the creation of earth's oxygen atmosphere. They were the
dominant life form on Earth for over 2 billion years. Today they are nearly extinct, living a precarious
existence in only a few localities worldwide. Fossil Stromatolites constitute our earliest and most pervasive
record of life on Earth. Although many Stromatolites are fossils, there are a number of locations on the
modern-day Earth where Stromatolites are still forming. Kambaba Jasper is a rare fossilized jasper
from Madagascar. Jasper is a micro crystalline variety of Quartz, a silicon dioxide mineral with a hardness
of 6.5 to 7. Jaspers can include up to 20% foreign materials, which account for its wide variety of colors and
patterns. Kambaba Jasper (sometimes called Kabamba Jasper)from Madagascar. It is a Stromatolite Jasper,
which means that it is composed of fossilized algae.
This information was provided by SpiritRock Shop. Not long ago they were contacted by a geologist who
wanted to know where they got the "scientific proof" that this stone was a stromatolite. They were first
introduced to this stone from a South African Mineral Dealer who told them that this stone was "Green
Stromatolite Jasper, a fossilized algae that has been around a long time." he further explained that it
was given the name "Kambaba Jasper" by the company who was actually mining this stone. Kambaba
Jasper was explained to them as by several geologists years ago as a stromatolite, which is a clump of
fossilized algae, with greenish or blackish orbs of petrified algae with predominantly black centers,
that fossilized over time turning the algae into stromatolite Jasper. Stromatolite Kambaba Jasper is
from the South Africa Rift that runs from South Africa to Madagascar an island nation off the east coast
of Africa. Stromatolite Kambaba Jasper is a sedimentary fossil of algae. So...that being said, they leave the
discussion of this unique stone to the professional geologists, who cannot seem to agree at all. (SpiritRock Shop)