Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso


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  • Ernesto Pecoits
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_837-4



Jaspilite is a banded compact siliceous rock consisting of interbanded jasper (red chert) and hematite. In Australia, the term jaspilite was commonly applied to Precambrian iron formations of Western Australia, but banded iron formation (BIF) is now generally used.

See Also


Bioorganic Chemistry Siliceous Rock Iron Formation Band Iron Formation Precambrian Iron 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth and Atmospheric SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada