Fire opal

Virtual Museum ID: 19-BCGS-Fire-1

Specimen Summary

Opal is a mineraloid composed of amorphous silica. It is not considered a true mineral as it lacks an ordered atomic arrangement. This is due to the presence of water, differentiating it from crystalline silica (quartz). The internal structure of opal causes it to diffract light, producing pearly iridescence.

Specimen Data


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Collection Details

Original Collection:

British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS)

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Location Information

Sample Origin:

W of Burns Lake

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10 (NAD 83)

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Fire opal

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Advanced Geological Information


The following section provides geological data relating to the specimen or the site it was collected from, when available. Information has been obtained from various sources including private and government datasets but may not be up to date. Any geological time periods or ages listed often relate to the primary geology of the area, and may not be the actual date of an event such as mineral formation.

Geological Formation:

Endako Group / Hazelton Group

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Oligocene to Miocene/Lower Jurassic

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Overlap Assemblage

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Site Details:

The Eagle Creek showing is located on the Opal 2 claim about 6.5 kilometres west of Burns Lake.

The area is designated as a No Staking Reserve and is accessed by a well-kept walking trail about 4.2 kilometres in length. Walking time to the collecting area is abouot 1.5 hours each way.

The area is underlain by volcanic rocks of the Oligocene to Miocene Endako Group and the Lower Jurassic Hazelton Group.

The showing is underlain by flat-lying vesicular to amygdaloidal basalts of the Endako Group.

Elongated (up to 7.5 centimetres) and rounded leaf green agates occur in vesicles within the basalt. White and amber agates (up to 5 centimetres in diameter) and rare opals, including fire opals, have been reported. Two pieces of precious opal were found along Eagle Creek. Common opal and agate are plentiful.

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