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Help me identify this turquoise coloured rock [on hold]

Anyone have any idea what kind of rock this is? Found in the Beaufort Sea, NWT Canada, just in the water on the beach. It's about 3cm. The turquoise colour almost looks painted on and is a bit ...
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Shiny metallic inside rock but not metal? [closed]

I found 2 rocks on the east coast of England, these rocks looked to be strangely formed metal but after going home and checking with the metal detector I soon realised it wasn’t, so I smashed it open, ...
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Could you identify this for me? [closed]

Hi there. I found this rock on the coast of Somalia. Near the beach in the south of Somalia. It weights pretty heavy. It has a bluish and yellowish colouring. It is hard. It has ridged edges. And it ...
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What is this rock in the river bed? [closed]

This rock was found in a river bed in Washington Sate. The exterior is course red and flakes off in pieces from the size of a grain of sand to small pebbles. The center is gray to almost black and ...
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Help me identify the “brain rock” [closed]

This rock has been in my family as long as I can remember. We always called it the “brain rock.” It was my grandma’s and I have no idea where it came from (sorry!) I live in the mountains of western ...
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Identify my rock [closed]

I got this rock years ago in California. I have always wondered what it is. Please help me identify it! Thanks!!
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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 ...
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“Obicular” structures in basalts

I found spherical or globular structures, structures in basalts of a greenstone belt which underwent alteration and deformation. However, in thin section, these structures have undeformed pyroxene and ...
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Can Anybody give me more info on this brecia?

Hi I have this boulder as part of an arts project in the North East of England. It was taken with Premission from a beach at the mouth of the river Tyne. At first I thought it may have been a glacial ...
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What kind of rock is this? (Sedimentary) [closed]

This rock was obtained from a nearby quarrying from our grandparents' house on an island. It has a couple of bronze/mud colored linings on it and a bunch of scattered white areas. Could also see tiny ...
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Is this rock petrified wood and is there potential value in it? [closed]

I found this rock in south Texas on a construction site a few years ago. I thought maybe it was some type of petrified wood, but I honestly don't know what it is. It weighs close to 6lbs and the ...
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What kind of heavy rocks are these? [closed]

Can anyone help me identify these rocks? Found these on the beach. They are VERY heavy but not magnetic. Most have a circular shape, about 1-2 inches in diameter. A few have a flat bottom. Any guesses?...
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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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Help to Identify a Rock Found in Gray Clay [closed]

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 [closed]

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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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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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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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? [closed]

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.