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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 (shes 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. Only ...
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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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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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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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Iron like rock in western pa, is this hematite? [on hold]

Found this years ago when digging a garden here in western pa, finaly decided to figure out what it is. Its dull, but has thousands of very tiny crystaline specs, very ferus, even the “rocky” looking ...
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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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What kind of rocks are these light-colored ones with shiny metallic inclusions? [on hold]

My dad found these rocks in his garden. They have some shiny metallic looking pieces in them. Would anyone be able to identify what they are? We live in South Africa if that helps. Thanks!
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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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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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Rock ID: a glassy, black, translucent mineral

Hardness : it barely scratches glass, can't scratch gorilla glass of my lg g2 Transparency : translucent, you can see the flashlight of a smart phone. Luster : it has glassy luster. Shiny surfaces. ...
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Could you help me identify these rocks please [closed]

Found these whilst walking around Warwickshire please could you help.thanks
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Identification of rocks [on hold]

My mother found a lot of unlabeled rocks samples in a museum shelf and has to label them. Unfortunately, both of us know nothing about rocks. Could someone help us in identifying these samples? https:...
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Does anyone know what this black rock is? [closed]

I have found several grey rocks like this one on a beach along the ocean and I don’t know what they are. This is the only black one I’ve ever seen. Anyone know what it is?
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What kind of stone is this? [on hold]

Years ago, I bought from a flea market two strange looking stones, that the owner said he had found under the sand of a dune in the desert (I don’t remember which). Maybe it’s true, maybe not, but I ...
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What is this white rock with brown crusts? [closed]

I found this rock in South Carolina yesterday and need help identifying what it is.
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Identification request [closed]

This ashtray was my grandfather's and I am trying to identify what it is made of. When held up to the light, it is translucent at it's thinnest. Thank you!
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Identify Amazonite matrix [closed]

I am trying to identify the rock below. It was found in Red Rock Canyon, Colorado Springs, CO. Since amazonite is common in that area, I assume the blue green crystal is amazonite, but cannot figure ...
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Mineral Identification [closed]

I have a green, moderately magnetic, rock with yellow inclusions. The rock is very heavy for its size. What is the most likely minerals in such a rock? Update: Found on the Maine coast. Rock has been ...
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Can anybody tell me what type of stone this layered multicolor one is? [closed]

I have had this stone lying around for a very long time and just got curious about what type of stone it might be.
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Hhhm.. wonder what it is [closed]

I found it in a vein, heavy, not magnetic, slippery pin sticks in it and I can scratch it with a fingernail.
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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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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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Interesting minerals on rock please ID? [closed]

Hi! Would anyone out there be able to identify these please, I found them one afternoon walking over a building sight where the ground has been taken up and mounds of mud and rocks are, I found many ...
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Help identify my redbrown rock with crystal like formation on the inside

This rock is red/orange/brown in color. It is slightly clear/translucent when held up to light. Will not scratch with a knife. Has a crystal like structure on the inside.
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Help to identify unusual rock please! [on hold]

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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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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How was this egg shaped rock made and what is it?

The following small egg-like rock was found laying on the ground in Tampere, a city in southern Finland. It weights about 950 grams, has a volume of about 360 cm3 and thus a density of about 2600 kg/...
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Basalt, slag or meteorite?

I found this rock on the edges of a known Drumlin in North East England. It looks to be a fragment from a larger piece. It attracts a magnet strongly, it weighs 150 grams. It has vesicular holes (on ...
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Can anyone help me identify this rock found in Tulsa Oklahoma?

I was working in my front yard in Tulsa Oklahoma and ran over this rock with my lawnmower. It was logged in the ground enough I didn’t see it. It’s 2.5 inches in length. Black in color with what ...
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Identification request: Is this a meteorite with a shock vein? NW Montana

This rock was found in an area covered with approximately 200' of glacial till. The vein in the rock is partially oxidized. The rock is heavy; it shows some barely visible sparkle on its surface; the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 is this blue rock?

I am trying to identify a rock my husband found.The rock was found in Columbus Ohio about 20 feet (6 m) down. It is about the size of a basketball and extremely heavy (90 lbs) and difficult to cut ...
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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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Help identifying rock please [closed]

I have this rock that was given to me as a gift a few years ago but I have no information on it. I would like to find out what kind if rock it is. Can anybody help me figure that out please??
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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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What is this white rock with black speckles throughout?

I was wondering if you have any ideas on what kind of rock this might be? I know that it doesn't effervesce with HCl (no reaction with hydrochloric acid at all) and the size and shape of each grain is ...
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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 ...