Jasper, an opaque form of quartz that contains iron oxide or iron hydroxide as an impurity. Jasper is usually red, brown, grayish green, or yellow. The stone is very hard and takes a high polish. It is used for inlays and for such ornamental objects as vases and decorative table tops. Showy or unusual forms of jasper are often used in jewelry. Ribbon, or riband, jasper is jasper in striped layers, or banded with rock crystal. Porcelain jasper is porcellanite, a dense, siliceous rock resembling unglazed porcelain. Brown or yellow jasper, also called Egyptian jasper, is usually streaked or clouded. Jasper occurs abundantly in veins and masses in many parts of the world.
One grows from the ground and one from the ceiling, but sometime's it's hard to remember which is the stalactite and which is the stalagmite. How do they get there, anyway?
La Brea Tar Pits, an area in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, where there is a natural accumulation of sticky asphalt derived from an ancient petroleum seep.