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Questions tagged [identification-request]

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

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Caspian Sea oil deposits

Azerbaijan appears to have vast development in its oil sector. Images on google earth show oil platforms connected by road ways far out into the Caspian Sea of the coast of Baku. Why is the majority ...
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Dark heavy rock

I found this dark heavy rock near Wombeyan Caves NSW. Australia. It is 9 by 6 cm and weighs 353g; it is not magnetic and was found in a dried up riverbed.
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Are these obsidian snowflakes?

I'm not sure if these are obsidian snowflakes: I found it near a river, hardness is 4 to 5, it has a wax lustre when pre-polished. The 'flakes' in the matrix are raised and gray. Pre-polished side ...
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Can someone identify this geode found in upstate NY

Can some identify this geode? It was found in upstate New York in a flat sandy plain 1/4 away from the Hudson River. The geode is approximately 3" long, brown exterior, 1/4" "shell" gray , and 1 1/2" ...
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What causes these mound-like ground formations?

Whilst riding on Mam Tor in Castleton, England I came across this scene (not my photo) and I would like to know what causes the formations which I have ringed in red. They look like piles of earth ...
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Rock ID: brown, magnetic inclusion in Carpathian amethyst geode

What I believe is an amethyst geode (roughly 6" = 15.24 cm across) from somewhere in the Carpathian Mountains contains an oval-shaped inclusion of material with what look like pits of green ...
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What kind of stone is this?

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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Need help to ID rock type

I found this rock in a freshly ploughed field, and it looked too unusual to pass up. Can anyone identify what it is?
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What's this? Chess pieces growing spines!

These chess pieces have laid undisturbed for a long time (15-20 years?). In this time, they seem to have grown clear/white, spiny, long crystals. I'm wondering if they are dangerous, but also curious ...
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What kind of round grey rock is this? Is it a fossil of some sort?

Help me identify this rock please and thank you
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Is this deep green calcite, green gneiss stone?

The site where it is found is characterized by schist, quartz and gneis, but also other species of rock. This is a scissors 2 cm semi transparent, vitreous luster, hard scale 6.5 - 7 ... I will post ...
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What is the type of stone/mineral in this necklace please?

I would like to sell this necklace but can't remember its original description and the online store where I got it no longer carries it so I can't look it up that way. Blue Chalcedony comes to mind, ...
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Can someone help me to identify this rock/mineral?

This is a small piece of a bigger chunk (about 9kgs). Someone told me it might be meteorite since its heavy for its size and has shiny particles. Others told me it might me an iron ore (magnetite). ...
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Rock identification

Hardness 5 to 7. Colour brown, however turns grey with polishing. Lustre earthy doll, changing to shiny metallic after polishing. Gravity heavy. Not magnetic. Location eastern coast of Australia ...
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What are those flat areas in this desert formation seen from orbit? [duplicate]

(Google Earth at 19°58'49.87" N 53°38'09.51" E) Related to: What produces these distinct shapes in the Rub' al Khali seen from space? What is the flat (?) green/blue-ish terrain in between the ...
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What ore is this? I have no idea [closed]

We found this rock from a box with random stuffs.
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What is this rock?

I found this rock in my backyard when I was little in New Zealand and I’m just wondering if anyone has an idea on what kind of rock it is and is it worth anything
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What is this white rock with orange section I found in Ireland?

Brown gem found in smooth white rock very fine smooth almost shiny with clean breaks and a bluish tinge on breaking. Northern Ireland just south of Bangor on the North Down coast. Cheers!! Andy
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Can you help me identifying this beige/brown rock?

I found this stone in a box where I keep some memorabilia. Unfortunately I don't know, where it's from, maybe it's from a mountain side in the alpins or from a beach at the mediterranean sea. One side ...
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Grey rock with black inclusions (Vancouver Island, B.C, Canada)

I found it on Vancouver Island, B.C, Canada. It is reflective like a safety vest and has crystals.
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Can anybody tell me what type of stone this layered multicolor one is?

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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Help identify this brown red mineral?

This was found in my garden today and has me completely stumped. What is it?
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What could this dark brown stone with a white streak found in Romania be?

We found this in Romania, far away from water basins.
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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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Differentiate a rock and mineral

How to differentiate between a rock and a mineral by merely looking at it as a thumb rule?
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Help identify this red and black rock

Last weekend in a field I found a rock that seems burned and heavier than other rocks, but I have no idea what it is. I measured body by using handmade tool afterwards calculated the density as 3.24&...
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What is this upside-down transparent funnel-shaped item on a weather monitoring station?

I snapped this photo with my cell phone at a fishing harbor in northern Taiwan. I recognize a weather vane + anemometer, and I suspect the two large, dark things at the tops of poles might be ...
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Help identify these smooth rocks

I was searching for Petosky stones because my mother loves them and I wanted to find her one for Mother's Day and i found these cool stones. I can not figure out what kind they are. Please help!!
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Rock ID: translucent, hard, smooth, heavy for size dark green/black to white(around edges) east coast Australia in surf

Hi there, I found this rock in the surf somewhere on the east coast of Australia around 20 years ago. Not sure if this is sea glass or a rock but hoping someone can help me identify as it has bugged ...
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Can anyone please help identify my turquoise rock?

Please help me identify my rock:
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What kind of rocks are these light-colored ones with shiny metallic inclusions?

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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Help! Can anyone identify this deep blue rock, quartz, crystal thing from Washington?

I was like 10 waiting for my dad to get off work. He was a surveyor and brought this blue rock thing with him for me when he got off. He said they were surveying and his friend took a pickax to a rock ...
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What kind of rock/mineral is this pinkish stone I found in Colorado?

I found this in my backyard and would love to know what I'm looking at. It reminds me of a fossil. I live in Colorado, Denver-metro. The sample is about 2 inches top to bottom, weighs maybe .5 lb, ...
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Is this platinum ore? Mohakite? Found in Michigan

This was found in a river in southeastern Michigan. It is very light (about 14 grams) and not magnetic.
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ID on a potential flint fossil

I was out in Swinley Forest in Bracknell(United Kingdom) last weekend. The area is a large pine forest but the ground is full of flint and is very sandy. I stumbled across a piece of flint and ...
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Help me identify this pink stone sphere that I bought

I found this amazing sphere in an oddball shop the other day, and the shop owner and I were guessing it may be Rhodochrosite or Rhodonite. It looks more brown in the photo than it truly is - it's ...
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What is this waxy sort of green rock from Labrador, Canada?

This rock is green and kind of waxy to touch 1: https://i.stack.imgur.com/WKBVU.jpgWith a nail you can scratch it but not deep and it is kind of dull with shiny specks in it,it do seem like layers or ...
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What is this white and deep red rock found in Morocco?

Rock found in Morocco and haven't been able to figure out what it is! Please help!
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What could this large heavy rock be?

My daughter found this large (about the size of her head) and very heavy dark gray/black rock with small craters in it and has iridescent coloring through the middle. If you could possibly help us ...
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Can you identify this large green rock?

My grandpa collected rocks and found this somewhere in Nevada. It weighs about 70 pounds.
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Please help me Identify this rock

I am not an avid collector but I found a rock that was really out of place and have had it for 40 years now. So...basically, it's about time to figure this out. I found it in a field on the east side ...
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Can someone help me identify this cloud formation?

These pictures were taken today in Oklahoma City and I am both baffled and curious as to what formation this may be. I was wondering if anyone had any idea? Thank you!
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Can anyone identify this dark rock that I found near my house? [closed]

I found this black heavy rock near my house, as you can see it has this rounded shape and I can't tell what it is.
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Need help identifying please. Found in ground excavation in Cherokee county Georgia

Found in canton ga at 850 feet above sea level
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Need help identifying this cylindrical layered rock found in Bolivia

I found this rock in a tropical climate river in Bolivia (specifically Ivirgarzama). It seems to have 5 or 6 layers. 1st layer is a slightly course matte rock layer 2nd layer is a more glossy rock ...
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What is this shiny rock with varying shades of white/yellow/brown from Colorado?

I am posting this picture and I am very interested to know what kind of this rock is it? Where: Found this at my house. I live in rural area. One acre of land with few houses nearby... Location: ...
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Help identify glowing stone with scarab carving

I found almost no information from searching Google, Someone mentioned it might be Fluorite. I simply don't know where else to look for an answer and so I am asking you. When I was a child, my ...
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Which plant produces the most oxygen?

Which plant is the most efficient in making oxygen for it's weight? I want to think it is the greenest plant with more leaves and least ...
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What is this white rock with brown crusts?

I found this rock in South Carolina yesterday and need help identifying what it is.