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- Elimia agate, also known as turritella agate, is a type of quartz.
- Its chemical composition is SIO2, has a MOHS scale hardness of 6.5 - 7, and has a trigonal crystal system.
- It is a type of fossiliferous agate, composed of large, fossilized freshwater snails Elimia tenera.
- The rock that embeds the fossils in sedimentary rock, like shale and sandstone. However, some become fully silicified and turn into agate (or chalcedony).
- When freshwater snails died, their shells sink to the bottom of the ocean. Small amounts of microcrystalline silica dissolved into the water, the groundwater began to precipitate, and formed cavities. The fossils become silicified and turn into elimia agate.
- These agates are said to be around 50 million years old.
- They are found in the Green River Formation of Wyoming.
- Calling the agate "turritella" is a misnormer as the fossils were mistakenly assumed to be part of the Turritella genus.
- Metaphysically, elimia agate is called the stone of survival, support, and Earth healing. It grants the owner wisdom of one's past and protects against danger.
- Elimia agate also promotes inner stability, security, self-confidence, composure, and maturity. Additionally, it can alleviate fear and remove bitterness from the heart.
- Like all agates, it is a stone of protection and strength.