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Mookaite is described as chert, opalite, chalcedony or combinations of the three. The degree of silica in the material determines its description. The miners say that this creates difficulties when mining the deposit as the more opaline material can be extremely brittle. The opaline Mookaite is almost useless for cutting as the lightest tap will cause it to fracture. The miners say the best material is the chalcedonic variety.

Mookaite is a fossiliferous sedimentary rock found in the Windalia Radiolarite formation. The Windalia Radiolarite formation consists of “radiolarian protoza skeletal remains” in siltstone, regular siltstone, and chert that were folilized after the seas they were in subsided and silica in the groundwater cemented them together. The groundwater also carried iron and other minerals which give Mookaite its colors.

Mookaite is found in the Kennedy Ranges near Gascoyne Junction which is about 100 miles inland
from the coastal town of Carnarvon in Western Australia, which in turn is about 600 miles north of the capital, Perth. The name “mookaite” is derived from the locality where the rock is dug, namely Mooka Creek.
According to locals, the Aboriginal word “mooka” means “running waters”, no doubt in reference to the many fresh water springs that feed Mooka Creek.

In crystal healing Mookaite is used to give a person self worth, self confidence, personal power, strength, vitality and to focus life force energy.