Found this chunk of crystal in the forest right by a stream today, embedded into a soft rock (clay?)

Was hoping someone could help with this, I was told its quartzite but I'm unsure.

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  • $\begingroup$ Please provide the location where you found the rock. $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Feb 18 '17 at 19:03

Almost certainly quartz. But it looks like it's most likely from a quartz vein not quartzite which is metamorphic. I have seen quartzite that looks like that but most often it has a more granular texture. It may be impossible to know for sure unless you can rule out quartzite because of the location. Where was it found?

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. It was found near a stream in the British countryside. $\endgroup$ – Nectar May 8 '17 at 18:52

I think your rock is quartzite. The rocks looks to be part of broken quartzite cobble. It might also be calcite. A simple HCL acid test would tell you if it is calcite.


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