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Kenucky Agate was formed in the Borden layer of the MIssissippian geologicl age which according to geologists was between 225 and 375 million years ago. The shale of the borden formation is brown to green colored siltstone which is the matrix in which the agate was formed. The siltstone matrix exposed to the weather erodes and the agates slowly move down the hillsides into the streams in Powell,Estill and Jackson counties.
We have more varied forms and colors of agate here in Kentucky than any other single known area in the world. The forms include banded, fortification, moss, sagentic, plume, flame, cloud, veil, snowflake, eye and crazy lace. Some agates have two or more combinations of forms with variations from opaque to translucent. The colors range from single representations to complex combinations of brilliant red, orange, yellow, burgundy, oxblood, to the more subtle pastels of lavender, pink, pale green and grey.