The world’s only operating Zebra Rock Mine.
Hear the latest theories on how the rock has formed, how the mine operates, and the strange behaviour of visiting geologists. .
About The Stone
This Formation occurred during the very first stages of life on our planet, when the continents were grouped as the original super-continent, Rodina (meaning homeland). This is a highly subjective time in science, a time where an artists-impression is listed next to scientific explanation.
After such a inconceivably long time much of the ancient Ranford Formation has weathered away. The beauty and mystic of this ancient time has been recorded for all to enjoy in small sporadic pockets of three unique rock types – Zebra Rock, Primordial Stone and Kimberley Fire Stone. Each has a story to tell.
A 1.2 billion year old mystery!
It comes down to the striking iron patterning that places the small deposits of Zebra Rock found in Australia’s East Kimberley region in a class of their own amongst the world’s rocks.
Zebra Rock is recognised as one of the rarest rocks on earth. The importance of this pattern is it is rhythmic, there is a distinct pattern that can be recognised by mathematics. It is not a random pattern. Nature is highly variable. For a distinctly ordered pattern to appear has many geologists spinning and eagerly putting their theories on how the rock has formed forward. Everything from alignment to the earth’s magnetic field, to fossilised soil to being entirely man made as the pattern is too perfect to be formed by nature. Of course, the geologists are yet to agree.
The original deposits mined from the 1970’s were predominately brown with a white background, the majority of this deposit has been flooded by Lake Argyle or mined out. The deposits recently discovered at the Zebra Rock Mine are of a stunning variety of colour and pattern.
It is thought the main striking iron pattern was the primary geologic process, a secondary chemical process has occurred to produce the background colouring. The result gives the beholder a true understanding of art being inspired by nature. Join us at the Zebra Rock Mine to be inspired by nature’s art gallery!
Healing Properties: Positive Energy
This stone is just a unique as the Zebra Rock, however little known. The Primordial Stone has beautiful fine bands of an extraordinary variety of colours, perfectly horizontal, incredibly fine. Likely to be a product of many different flood events into a large lake system, but under what circumstances to produce such amazing colour.
The feature that places the Primordial Stone in a class of it’s own is throughout the seam, many ancient perfect fractures exist. These fractures have caused a shift in the rock, and then metamorphic heating has fused the stone back together. The effect is striking.
This stone is a slate and suitable hardness for sculpture and manufacture of table-tops. We own the only deposit of beautiful and rare stone. Imagination is the limitation with this stone type.
Kimberley Fire Stone
Also known as Kimberley Ribbon Stone. This stone type is different all together again. When polished this stone shows eye-catching red flashes of colour due to high iron content, contrasted against soft purple hues. This stone type also features seams of colourful opal potch.
Drop in to the Gallery to see a 1.2 tonne table-top! Much harder than the Primordial it is sensational cut as bench-tops or table-tops, the problem for the small mine site is finding a saw big enough for the 20 tonnes blocks.
Dated at 1.2 billion years old and not found anywhere else than the Zebra Rock Mine.