Stone Type: Mudstone
Mudstone is a fine-grained sedimentary rock formed from clays or muds. It consists mostly of silicate minerals. It differs from sandstone in having individual grains too small to see without a microscope. Mudstone differs from shale by its lack of parallel layers. Mudstone can be sufficiently silicified to be flaked into tools, and some varieties are suitable for heat-treatment. It tends to have a slightly rough or coarse texture, and occurs in a variety of colours depending on the trace minerals.