Questions tagged [identification-request]

For help in identifying objects such as clouds. Please include as many details as possible. DO NOT ASK ROCK IDENTIFICATION REQUESTS — rock identification requests are off topic.

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What are these lake-like blue patches in the desert, visible in satellite image?

I found some blue patches in the Arabian desert in Google Earth. It looks like as if they were lakes with sand dunes rising out of the water. But there isn't water in the desert, at least not this ...
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Is this a former volcano in the Hamad Plateau, in the Syrian desert?

On my random explorations of google maps, I came across this interesting terrain: (link to map here) Apparently, this is part of the so-called Hamad Plateau, in the Syrian desert. If so, the rock ...
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Identification needed for possible iron meteorite

Available information: Location found: Unknown. Weighs 2.2 lbs. Passed a liquid volume mass ratio test used for identifying meteorites Highly magnetic Density is extremely high, between quartz and ...
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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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What are these Gizmos at Mauna Loa Observatory?

Artist Rosten Wu's Vimeo channel has a video title Bridging Time and there is discussion about the Keeling Curve and the site where it all began in Hawaii. In the video there is a shot of a weather ...
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What are these metallic nodules that were found at low tide on the UK south coast?

Smooth spherical crystalline metal nodules Outside and inside surface does not scratch with a knife blade Inside lustre brassy, radially striated metallic crystals radiating from a lumpy centre at the ...
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What kind of stone is this? Green tourmaline, or something else?

I was looking near mountain rivers for stones that I know like quartz, calcite, jasper. By chance on the top of the ground there was this one. It's a silky lustre semi translucent green-yellowish, ...
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Mineral Rock Identification

Went out hiking after some heavy rains and came across an area that looked like broken glass sticking out from mud. On a closer look this is what we found. Not sure what it is and would like to know ...
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What is a Rotating Shadowband Radiometer, and how does it work?

This answer explains that the device labeled "B" in the photo below is a "Ultraviolet Multifilter Rotating Shadowband Radiometer." What is a Rotating Shadowband Radiometer, and how does it work? ...
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What is this stone?

My Uncle got this stone from Australia and he would like to know what it is exactly The paper is 210 mm on the long side. The stone feels like glass and is softer than metal. On the other side it ...
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Seeking rock identification

This rock was found it Easton, Pennsylvania by the Delaware River. I'm just starting to become interested and collecting and hoping to use this site to gain knowledge on the rocks and minerals I find! ...
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Can living where magnets are abundant provide a mini-magnetoshere?

Are there a mini-magnetosphere within the magnetosphere similar to mini-magnetosphere found on the Moon? Is there a map of these areas that would resemble the white swirls in the picture below? The ...