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For help in identifying objects such as rocks, minerals, clouds, etc. Please include as many details as possible.

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This chalky outer layer rock or mineral with crystal tripe inside?

Possibly flint in chalk?? A friends late husband found these rocks somewhere unknown to us and we would like to know what they are the outside is white and has an interesting bumpy texture while the ...
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Can someone help me identify this rock? [on hold]

I found this rock alongside a dirt trail in the Coconino National Forest in Sedona. Our tour guide said it was some kind of quartz, but I was wondering if anyone knew what type.
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Daughter found a unique rock at daycare in New Gloucester Maine

Daughter found a really unique rock and says its a meteorite (she's 5). We are not sure. She found it on the playground at school on the ground. It does have some magnetism to it (minor amount - ...
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mineral identification request

Metallic luster Grey crystals, appear black in photo, grey streak With quartz Non-magnetic Softer than stainless steel blade, harder than fluorite =>hardness ~5 Found in California on the eastern ...
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Found in Spain when exploring a mountain, what type of rock is it? [on hold]

Please help me to identify this rock that I found whilst exploring a mountain in Spain Thankyou in advance enter image description here
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No way this title already exists!! BS [on hold]

Found in landscape rocks at a house in Prior Lake MN USA. It was one solid rock with dull white spots on the outside and some pitting. Other than the white spots Its dull reddish and very hard. I ...
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Please can you identify this that my Husband dug-up [on hold]

My Hysband dug this up the other day, and we would love to know what it is.
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Help to Identify a Rock Found in Gray Clay

Found digging a pond. The rock was inside Gray Clay 18 feet below grade. The person who gave it to me tried cutting it with a grinder. This left an area that looks like steel. Location: ...
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I found this stone with metal linings can someone identify it?

I am more curious about the metal on the surface (if it's even metal?) on this stone :) I don't really remember where I found it, probably at this beach of the Baltic Sea, but there is also a chance ...
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Rock ID: black rock found in Central Europe

I'm note sure if it's an anthracite, augite, jet (lignite) or something completely different. I don't know where exactly i found it because it's from my old rock collection. I would appreciate your ...
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Shattered veined rock from Alberta, Canada [closed]

This rock was about 3-4 inches bigger than a basketball. When dropped it shattered into a couple large pieces and a lot of small ones. The inside was marbled yellow (almost like quartz); the marbling ...
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Found a light brown rock with concentric circles on it. Is it a fossil? [closed]

I found the rock in the picture while visiting Pawnee National Grassland (Colorado, USA). The rock shows concentric circles on both sides. On one side these circles are very clear, on the other side ...
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What types of rocks are these [closed]

I can’t figure out what type of rocks these are I would like to create pigment out of them to make a watercolor want to make sure they are safe, one is brick red the other is more of a deep magenta, ...
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Help to identify unusual rock please! [closed]

Can someone please help to identify this rock? We are hoping it's a meteorite! About 3 x 2 inches, seems heavy for its size and very hard. Brownish/grey on the outside and smooth. It has a rust ...
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What are these underwater structures near 6°N 85°55'W

While google earth-researching the sea floor near Malpelo and Cocos Islands (Colombian and Costa Rican Pacific Ocean), I came along these strangely geometrical structures in the sea floor, located ...
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What type of rock is this [closed]

![I found the the rocks is Eastern Arizona by the Black Mesas. They are white with a few orange patches. The inside kind of looks like quarts.
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what do you think this was? [closed]

![ is this a fossil? theres only 2 visible material in it. the white one that was been coated by the greenish substance. some parts appear brown because of the thin layered coating of the green ...
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Rock ID: Found on South Downs in East Sussex UK

I found this slightly rude-shaped rock/stone on the South Downs in East Sussex, UK years ago. It was embedded in a chalky path and came out in the two pieces in the photo. It is heavy for its size (...
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What kind of rock is this being eaten by a rock-eating worm?

The New York Times article This Creature Eats Stone. Sand Comes Out the Other End. describes the shipworm Lithoredo abatanica, an organism that appears to "eat solid rock". It links to the item in ...
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Are those balsalt? Found in volcanoic field [closed]

My father came back from a volcanoic field called Wudalianchi in China and bought back these rocks. Both of them are dark grey and black with many holes. They are harder than nails and glass. I'm ...
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Light and violet stone from Poland [closed]

Can anyone identify what is this? I live in Poland so it might narrow the possibilities.
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Green Rock Identification

This rock was found in the highlands of Scotland in the mountains.It is 2 1/2''x2 1/8''x 1'' it has a density of 2.95 leaves a clear streak weighs 130 grams and a hardness of 6 on Moh's scale.This ...
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Fluorescent pink stone left after dissolving rock [closed]

I found a regular old rock in northwest Missouri, Buchanan county, St Joseph, Mo in a creek bed in a glacier field. It looked like it may have something in it. I dissolved the (3 times larger) rock ...
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Rock ID: Soft black rock from Skegness UK

I found this half submerged in Skegness beach, UK, on the sea front. Color: Black Lustre: Dull matte Texture: Very grainy Weight: 921 grams. Seems heavy Size: 6 x 4 inches or 120 x 150mm MOH scale: 2....
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Is this olivine? [on hold]

Could this small rock be olivine? It has got a rough feeling surface, and 'it's heavy. I found this in Wales 12 years ago.
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What kind of red rock is this?

I don’t know much about were I live, I am from ny and only moved here a few years ago. I found it in Smithfield nc we’re I love with my dad and kids now.. I wish I had more information. Yes the rock ...
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Pinkish rock with red 'veins'

I found this rock in Smithfield NC. It does scratch glass. A butter knife didn’t scratch it. When you hold it to a light it has an orange glow. It didn’t leave anything on porcelain.
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Identify my rock please (Ontario, Canada) [duplicate]

this rock found lying on top of ground, it has dull lustre and grey color. It is harder than my fingernail and somewhat heavy in its size(3cm x 4cm x 2cm) enter image description here
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Is this rock Massive Epidote?

enter image description here This is a close up of outside of chipped off piece, and inside alsoI found this rock in Co. Donegal Ireland on a river bank buired under the dirt. It weighs 16.4lbs- 7....
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UK Mineral identification help [closed]

Can anyone help me identify these minerals please? I found them on a beach in northern England. The first has tiny angular crystals, some slightly pinkish maybe in certain lighting conditions but grey ...
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Is it an egg? What type of rock please? [closed]

This stone was found by my uncle in Western Queensland. It’s light brown in colour and smooth. It's very heavy for its size. 780 grams. Pocket knife doesn’t scratch it. many thanks.
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Help me identify my rock is it jade?

Found this rock it looks like a vein of Jade but I have no idea. This is the inside of the rock. I found it already broke the rock is wet in the pic. It's is a hard rough texture and the green in the ...
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Rock identification?

This stone is part of a rock mass found in one of the plains of Iran. There are no rocky mountains around these rocks. I'm geologist and I guess it's part of the meteorite, what do you think? Color: ...
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FOSSILZED WOODEN TOOL [closed]

My son found a fossil on the beach at the foot of the cliff face at Robin Hoods Bay in the UK. It is definitely a fossilized piece of wood, but we would like to know what type, and also if it was ...
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Are these plane trails seen from satellite

Here are photos from West of Normandy, at 7-9am after sunrise on the 14th of may, from the visible satellite. It's a bit strange that they are visible from space, they are 2-3 miles wide? Are they jet ...
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what type of rock is this? blue/green and brown [closed]

I found this rock while up in the mountains and I have no idea what type of rock it is.
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What is this heavy green rock?

I found this grenish rock at a beach in Northwest Ireland called Inishcrone. It measures 45mmx35mmx22mm. It weighs 57 grams and has a density of 2.90. It is opaque, does not attract a magnet. It ...
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What produces these amazing 3D structures in Tibet?

A friend recommended I watch this Chinese language video 航拍西藏 2018 (Aerial photography in Tibet) and the HD drone video of scenery is stunning. After about 37 minutes into the video, there are shots ...
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What is this heavy, dark grey and almost round rock?

I found this 'rock' on the beach in North West Washington State. It's almost perfectly round save for a few bumps, it's dark grey in colour, solid, feels smooth like any stone you'd find on the beach,...
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Rock ID: dark grey, white spots going through from Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK

I found this curious rock in the Brecon Beacons, a mountainous range in South Wales. The regular dotted pattern stood out from the plan slate and gravel in the area and I'm not sure if these are ...
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Anybody know what kind of rock this is? [closed]

I found this rock awhile ago... can't remember where though. I am having trouble figuring out what exactly it is. Hopefully you experts can shed some light on it for me. Thanks! I do have other ...
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Can someone help ID this rock [closed]

Found today in a creek in Indiana, has a geode look and the broken edge shows red opaque facades.
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Identification required, rock formation found whilst on holiday in Cephalonia, Greece white object embedded inside?

This rock was found in kephalonia Greece, on a beach in lassi. The rock is black in colour, smooth with thumb like prints, very metallic smell and very slightly magnetic. We took this rock to oxford ...
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Ordered arrangement of clouds

I happened to take a photograph of a region of clouds ,and it seems to have a rather ordered arrangement ,if one looks towards the left of the image. Would there be a physical explanation for this or ...
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Rock ID: 2 layer, hard dark brown top, sandy light orange bottom, Southern Utah redrock country

Dull luster, with 2 main layers: TOP) about 1 cm thick, plate-like, dark coffee brown, bubbly melty looking texture. The top layer is harder (about a 5, scratched with a knife) and the edges are ...
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What are these Gizmos at Izaña Atmospheric Research Center in Spain?

This tweet from the account of the Centro de Investigación Atmosférica de Izaña (AEMET) http://izana.aemet.es Izaña Atmospheric Research Center (AEMET) shows images of meteorological instruments ...
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Can anyone help me identify this type of translucent green mineral? [closed]

This is the photo of the rock. I found it in the mountains in yemen, near rocks where a well was dug out. Its translucent green and It doesn't feel that heavy. I think it's some type of quartz.
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Found a rock like no other [closed]

identification request This rock was found in Somerset Co, NJ. It weighs about 10 lbs. It was found buried about a foot under a patch of daffodils in the middle of the woods. It is triangular in shape ...
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Rock Identification: clear, hues of yellow/orange. Washington State

I purchased this rock at an estate sale along with some rose quartz. The sellers had no information on it. My husband was able to break it today with a hammer, but I have no idea what the material is. ...
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Id request: Unusual shape, gritty texture hard rock

What are these rocks? We are importing dirt from local pool companies digging in the area. We live denton, tx (north texas). One company dumped about 4 loads of very red sandy loamy dirt and 3 loads ...