Questions tagged [geology]

The science comprising the study of the rocks Earth is composed of, and the processes by which they change. Some subfields of geology are petrology, mineralogy, and geophysics.

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What structures form due to the melting of subducting plates? [closed]

What structures form from the melting of subducting plates? Plutons, Accretionary wedges, Deep sea trenches, Faults?
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Is altitude of everything decreasing due to sea level rise?

We know that sea level is rising, though some people say climate change is fake. Altitude is defined as the height of something measured from sea level. Since sea level is increasing, and the ...
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Would oceans regenerate if removed?

On Earth, there is enough Hydrogen and Oxygen to make 13,88 million km$^3$ of water (calculation below). However, oceans contain only a tenth of that. Clearly, most of the hydrogen must be stored in ...
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Newton's estimate of the age of the Earth

I was reading many articles about estimates of the age of the Earth throughout the ages. I was dumbfounded when I read that Newton, arguably one of the greatest scientists ever to have ‘calculated’ ...
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Is this Dragon Jasper? [closed]

Bought these rocks at a shop they were selling as Dragon Jasper,but when I density tested them they were 3.09 which I thought was a bit high for Jasper, and generally Dragon Jasper has Deep red veins, ...
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What is the basis for the Geologic Time Scale

The Geologic time scale was completed in the mid to late 1800s. What methods were used to date the various subdivisions?
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If the Earth were a smooth spheroid, how deep would the ocean be?

At the moment there are deep seas and high mountains. But imagine that the land elevation of the Earth is equal everywhere. How deep would the ocean be in that case?
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Is this an agate? [closed]

So I have found these in a creek there are some that look like this and I have broke them open and they were full of crystals these seem to small and I have tried cracking then and they wont budge I ...
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Did low $\small\sf{CO_2}$ levels affected Permo-Triassic mass extinction?

After answering this question: How did plants adapt to $\small\sf{CO_2}$ levels past 400k years? Why won't they do it again? I know Permo-Triassic mass extinction is associated to a catastrophic ...
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Is this Jadeite Jade? [closed]

Bought this online, shipped from India, I was told that it is Jadeite Jade and not Aventurine, it comes from China and India, I tumbled one piece. The piece on the left is 2 3/4 inches. A beautiful ...
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What is an isolated land area of one type of rock surrounded by land of a differing rock type called?

For example, if there were a large land area with exposed basalt, in the middle of which is a smaller isolated patch of Granite, what is that isolated patch called? I came across the single-word ...
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I found this rock on my property years ago and was curious what it was [closed]

What kind of rock is this? I found it on my property a long time ago and I can pinpoint exactly what. I was thinking red jasper maybe?
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What is the consensus among geologists about climate change being caused by humans?

I'm terribly frustrated with the way that climate change has been debated in Europe. I live in the Netherlands and members of one of the biggest parties here, the Party for Freedom (PVV), frequently ...
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What is this black, shiny, smooth, kind of heavy, metallic rock? [closed]

Its kind of heavy for it size, though not extreme - about two pounds. Looks like a chunk of metal, but not quite sure what it is.
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Can rocks have pressure signatures?

Since rocks can have magnetic signatures, as is the case with paleomagnetism, can they store past pressures also? For example, when researchers are trying to determine past ocean levels, they ...
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How was Nastapoka arc formed?

As wikipedia says, the Nastapoka arc is a geological feature located on the southeastern shore of Hudson Bay, Canada. (Other description with picture at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada) No ...
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Could this rock be Basalt? [closed]

This rock is 2 3/8", weighs 71 grams has a density of 2.958,I tested the density a few times and its always 2.958, has a hardness of 6-7 almost clear streak test, I tested the streak again and I would ...
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Why is relative sea-level falling in Hudson Bay?

Why is the sea level in Hudson Bay decreasing so much? Hudson Bay is pretty far up north, much closer to glaciers. Would it make sense for it to recede at this level with sources of fresh water ...
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Sink holes in drainage area

I live in Florida (aka the land of sink holes). Due to the flat nature of my area, it is common place for housing developments (and any developments really) to dig large drainage areas to give water ...
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What is this green yellow heavy stone? [closed]

no known origin,its opaque its 2 1/4" leaves no streak, has a hardness of 6-6 1/2 I drilled it with a diamond plated bit,it is a very tough stone.It weighs 2ozs 56.6 grams.When I drilled it the powder ...
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How do you tell if smoky quartz has been irradiated?

I want to purchase a piece of smoky quartz crystal, but am not sure if it is irradiated. Is there a way to tell if it has been irradiated? Thank you.
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Can someone identify this mineral? [closed]

I found this in a stream in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Wyoming. One side (2/3 length) has a pointy pyramid with four faces; other side (1/3 length) has four faces but with with an edge ...
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Why are South African mountains short and flat?

I drove through South Africa from Cape Town to Mozambique and noticed that almost all heights and mountains were no higher than approx 200-400 meters and had a flat top, just like the iconic Table ...
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What does strata mean here?

What does strata mean here ? These consolidated layered strata are known as stratified rocks. The strata vary in thickness and may be tilted or horizontal. The sediments consist of loose ...
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python generate 3d unstructured grid

I would like to create a 3d unstructured grid based on data points with xyz and property. Can Python do this and what tools? My question is quite generic but i can provide more details: the data has ...
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How do people determine initial ratio of the parent nuclide and daughter product in radiometric dating?

I understand that we have zircon crystals that prevent entering or leaving of nuclide or lead after forming. But how cand we understand what was the initial ratio?
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What is this yellow stone [closed]

I found this yellow stone in a creek.It was easy to break by slamming it against another stone and has evenly spaced crystal clear grains.They are very clear that under the sun I thought that water ...
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What keeps water from sinking into earth?

I remember reading somewhere that there's evidence of water on Mars but it all sank into the Martian soil. So what prevents that happening on earth? Some people say it's because the crust is not ...
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Mineral identification - please help!

I'm currently writing an essay on a mosaic in the British Museum, and am unsure about which stone the frame is constructed from (pictured). I would be most grateful for help identifying it. Thanks! ...
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Is this a gold ore? I found it in a California creek next to a mountainside [closed]

I found this rock while hiking in a creek. It has some bits of white quartz, sheen and some brownish coloring. Does anyone know what it could be? Is there any possibility that it might be gold ore? ...
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Need help identifying rock formation

so this is my first time here because I need help in identifying the features on this rock formation. https://www.flickr.com/gp/158064920@N05/6USrY9 Thank you in advance.
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How are chenier ridges and strand plains formed at wave dominated coastlines?

In the attached image, we can see chenier ridges and strand plains. How are they formed and what is the involvement of rip and longshore currents in their formation?
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Earthquakes at plate boundaries

I was looking into tectonic plate boundaries and earthquakes with pictures like these One thing that is quite obvious is that some of the plate boundaries have very thin zones of earthquakes, ...
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Natural nuclear explosions

I'm aware of the Oklo reactor and other natural nuclear fission reactors, in which geological processes can lead to the formation of a sustained, self-regulating uranium fission reactor. Is it also ...
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Is this Black Serpentine? [closed]

I found this rock at a lake edge in Co. Sligo Ireland,its shiny black,leaves a black streak, weighs 320 grams displaces 125ml of water which gives it a density of 2.56 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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What type of rock is this? Help [closed]

Please help me identify this rock. I’ve found it in a cave.
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What is this translucent blue-green oblong crystal? [closed]

I think it might be aventurine of some sort, but I'm not sure. Hardness: It is harder than a steel nail file. The file leaves a track, but it rubs off, leaving no mark. I scraped it on the bottom ...
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What minerals are in this rock? [closed]

Can anyone venture a guess as to what minerals are in this rock? I’ve had it for years and have never been able to identify it. I believe I got it somewhere in Northern California but it was from a ...
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How do we detect floods?

How do we know that there was a flood at a certain place at a certain time. For example if there was a flood in place A 200 years ago. How could we detect it?
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What type of rock is this, Nephrite? [closed]

Its a very dark green opaque smooth rock, resists stainless knife blade 6.5-7 hardness, its 4x2cm, aprox 40 grams weight. I found this rock among cobble stones in County Roscommon Ireland.Its not ...
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The differences on the atmospheric transportation for various trace metal in atmosphere

I have known that the atmospheric lifetimes of chemical species were highly dependent on their physicochemical properties. For example, $SO_2$ might exist for 5-8 days, while $NO_2$ could only exist ...
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Making a local geological field trip an interesting and educational event for children?

I have no expertise in geology or earth science, but I would like to do a "field trip" with my home-schooled young children (under age 10) where I could teach them about geology from a hands-on ...
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why igneous phosphate rocks contain less uranium than sedimentary rocks?

Sedimentary rock phosphates contain much higher concentrations of potentially hazardous elements (As, Cd, Cr,Pb, Se and U)than igneous rock phosphates. Why? Is it because U concentration in magmatic ...
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When will the weight of melted polar ice release the (currently stuck) subduction of the oceanic plate West of the Oregon coast?

Melted polar ice water makes the oceans deeper on average. The extra water on top of the oceanic plates makes them sink relative to the continental plates. This relative vertical displacement will ...
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Rock type identification [closed]

Found this rock in western Ireland among many other like this one, its scratch resistant to a stainless steel blade, its blackish with light green spots and some tiny Pyrite crystal inclusions, it ...
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Brown rock with hollow black interior? [closed]

We found a brown hollow rock in the woods in Sabine Parish, Louisiana , US. The tip of the rock had broken off, exposing the inside which is a black shiny rock. Someone told us that it may be a ...
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Formation of Hematite on Mars via Perchlorates as an Oxidizer

Hematite on Mars is generally thought to have formed either in pools of water or from volcanic activity. A comment to the answer to the question: How do hematite and magnetite form? states that ...
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How do hematite and magnetite form?

I want to understand the conditions under which hematite $\ce{Fe_2O_3}$ and magnetite $\ce{Fe_3O_4}$ form in nature. The linked Wikipedia articles explain various conditions under which they form, but ...
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Do there exist reasonable numbers on the density/radius/mass of the various geological layers of the Earth?

I've been doing some math on the radius of the core (inner core in particular), and I keep getting what look like nonsense results. The composition is supposedly nearly all iron, close enough to it ...
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Carbonaceous Chondrite [closed]

Can you please help me identify this rock? Is it a meteorite; if so, what kind? I sought the advice of the only scientist I know, but geology is not his primary field. He suggested a mineralogist ...