For me, the fun thing about brecciated or conglomerate rocks is the way they tend to tell stories. The image at the top looks like a landslide with the larger, heavier pieces crushing the smaller ones as it rolls forward. Or maybe it's wood (although it's not) logs resting on smaller material.
While I'e found that the terms "brecciated rocks" and "conglomerates" are often used interchangeably in the field to cover rocks that are formed by bits of rock being held together by a matrix, I discovered that the two names are kissing-cousins in the rock world.
This cool looking brecciated combo rock is definitely not jasper or agate. The bits caught in the black material are also the pink and apparently broke off it before being contained in the black.about 5.5 on Mohs scale for both colors.
Obviously, these pictures are not to scale, but you can see that this brecciated rock made a lovely cab.
This one has wonderful colors and the brecciated bits are softly rounded and could be mistaken in some areas as a moss. It's primarily jasper with white and clear agate matrix.You know it's near my dinner time, because I'm seeing a red and yellow pepper salsa over a sour cream-filled burrito..
I fell in love with this brown and clear conglomerate jasper/agate because I can see all the way through it at some points because the agate is so clear.