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Empowerite is a highly-silicated form of chert rock, similar in chemical composition to flint. These stones were discovered in New Zealand’s dense forest, hidden under heaps of moss and ferns. Our guides joked to us that they called the stones “petrified swamp,” because of their damp and oozing locality. In fact, the stones may have been a part of the swamp many millions of years ago, and sometimes a tiny fossil can be found embedded in one of them.