Rose Rocks are a uniquely shaped crystal that resemble its namesake flower. While they can be found in small amounts in a few other locations, they are primarily known as an Oklahoma phenomena and in 1968 it became the official state rock. Each "petal" is a crystal of barite which grows around sand grains of the Garber Sandstone and the iron oxide of the state's red dirt give them their color.
Rose Rock Facts
- Formed inside Permian aged (250 million years ago) rocks
- Noble, OK is known as the "Rose Rock Capital of the World" and is home to the annual Rose Rock Festival and the Timberlake Rose Rock Museum
- They have been reportedly found in Egypt as well
- Thought to form from groundwater flowing through pre-existing sandstone
- Can form in single roses or large clusters
- The angle at which they grow together gives them the rose shape