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Geological feature - what is it?

Hello, We were walking in Bundoran in Donegal County, Ireland today and we encountered the geological feature shown in the picture (from above from cliffs and from very close up at beach level). We ...
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Can someone help me to identify this rock?

A-density:2.66g/cm3,weight:370g,rock attract the magnet for this rock I do not have the density currently
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Rock ID: sedimentary fossil from North Norfolk coast, UK

This palm-sized rock is from the beach at Eccles-on-Sea (North Sea coastline). I can see four types of material: A brown, slightly translucent, 6cm tubular fossil(?) that I can mark with a steel ...
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What caused this waterfall to have rounded formations?

This is at Bua Tong Waterfalls in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tried to find scientific information about this waterfall, but google turns up only travellers' vague guesses, suggesting calcium carbonate ...
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Are these rocks raw jet?

Found these on the beach after some high tide and flooding thanks to a storm. Wondering if it is jet. One is much larger than the other. The smaller of the two is harder. The larger rock flakes when ...
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Please identify this pink transparent stone?

Pink transparent stone it maybe obsidian but my research indicates pink colour is very unusual for obsidian It’s translucent, all pink, slightly refractive you can read letters through when stone is ...
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Please help identify this! Rock? Glass? Crystal? It's big and very heavy [closed]

About 1.5 feet tall, 1 foot deep and 2 foot wide. Very heavy and very hard. I will get a better picture posted asap. You can read a newspaper thru it. Was left to me by my uncle years ago but never ...
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Is this petrified wood or just “some rock”? [closed]

I was gifted this and have no idea what it is and was to embarrassed to ask, so here I am.
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I need help to identify this rock

I would like help to identify this Stone. I found this stone in my back yard. I would just like to know if it is worth anything or if I'm just going to add it to the driveway.
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Can this rock be identified?

Hey all, I came across this rock in a river in Western New York. There are two different parts of this rock. There are smooth, rounded parts that are brown to red in color. Their is a slight luster ...
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Strange Fossil Rock?

I found this weird fossil rock and I am wondering if anybody could help identify what could have made the imprint in it or what kind of rock it is?
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What is the smallest and largest cloud? [closed]

When is a cloud too small to be considered a cloud? What is the largest cloud officially on record?
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Glacial erratic - Granite or Gneiss?

This boulder is a glacial erratic in New Jersey. Can anyone tell if it's granite or gneiss? When you look at from the side, there appears to be foliation... but when you look at from the top or other ...
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How is this crumbly crystal-rich rock formed?

I found this crumbly rock embedded in the channel walls of a small creek in Everett, WA, USA. (North Creek that flows through McCollum Park.) If possible, I'd like to know how the rock formed... what ...
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Hollow tubular ferromagnetic rock? What is this?

I'm hoping others can help me identify this odd looking hollow rock/mineral/metal thing. I'll give pictures, then a video, then some other helpful info. First, here are some pictures. It's roughly 10 ...
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What is this red rock with crystal white inside? [closed]

I found this rock in the desert. I found similar rocks that are crystal white on the inside, but this one is rough on the outside and all the others are smooth. Plus all the rough rocks doesn’t have a ...
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Where are these volcanos as seen in this space tweet?

In his recent tweet from the International Space Station as it's current Mission 56 Commander, NASA astronaut Andrew J. Feustel says: This is #Indonesia as viewed from the @Space_Station. With the ...
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Is this very old glass or a type of crystal?

I found these in Spain buried within a very old rocky sea bed along with many fossils, would this just be peices of damaged old glass or is it some form of crystal/rock? Thank you in advance
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What kind of rock is this? It was inside a bigger rock [closed]

I found this when I was really little, and I'm 18 now. It was inside a bigger rock; the three pieces fit together to make one piece. The biggest piece seems to have some kind of fossil on it. I've ...
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Can anyone tell me what this 'rock' is?

I found this in Topanga Canyon, California (LOS ANGELES). It can be scratched with a penny, but not my fingernail: hardness is about a 2.75 I guess. The size of a baseball. I found this on the edge ...
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Need help identifying this rock

I need a little help identifying this rock. It was found somewhere in the Sahara Desert. It is very hard and leaves a beige streak on a steel file (might be the concretized dirt covering it). The ...
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Rock/mineral identification - smooth black inside [closed]

It’s yellow and grey on the outside but smooth and black on the inside. Very roughly 2.27 g/ml Just curious, it almost like sea glass on the inside but it’s far too dense.
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Mineral identification; black & metallic

During a recent trip to the Portuguese island of Madeira, I found a couple of interesting rocks on a beach. Both the rocks pictured in this question contain the same black mineral. I first guessed ...
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Help me figure out what this purple rock is

I found this in the ground at a job site in blue springs mo . Its purple with darker purple lines through it like growth marks on a tree. It is about the size of a large loaf of bread 7 inches across ...
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Hi, I'm hoping to identify this rock. [closed]

Would anyone be able to identify this rock?
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What are these inclusions inside this Rainbow moonstone?

I got this rainbow moonstone from Jaipur, India. The front and back are polished, has black tourmaline around it’s edges, and is 25x28mm. I didn’t notice it when I bought it but It seems to have ...
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I believe we got this rock in the mountains of Creede Colorado [closed]

Solid, has some weight to it, looks like it possibly has some purple amethyst on the opposite side, but mostly consists of this silver: Can anyone identify it as silver?
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What is the oldest fossil on Earth?

What is the oldest fossil ever found on Earth? Where and when was it found? What was the oldest fossil with a brain with 2 hemispheres ever found?
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Is this an Agate? What kind? Or what kind of rock is it if not Agate?

It think is an Agate but not sure what kind of it is. As best as I can tell under the orange its really pretty. It is 21 lb. I found it at a rest stop out side of Yakima, WA, USA. But it does not ...
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Anyone tell me anything about this rock and crystals are please

Rock is fairly crumbly but takes force to break bits off. Found along the river Severn at Portishead battery point in the uk. One side looks like could be fossils and the other side interesting ...
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Is this a fossil [closed]

It this a stromatolite fossil? If it is, it’s probabaly at least 1 billion years old
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Rock Identification (West of Scotland) [closed]

Could anyone please identify this rock found off the West coast of Scotland?
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What kind of green rock is this? [closed]

Just wondering what kind of rock this is. I found it near an old home that was built in 1882 in Kansas. It is very heavy and it has a dark green tint to it. Probably about 6 lbs.
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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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Unidentified mineral found in France

(I am not a native english speaker, so I'm not really aware of the specific terminology.) A few years back, I found an unidentified rock on a beach in Normandie (France). It looks and feels (texture-...
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Identify this transparent brown rock [closed]

t The rocks are pretty small they are dark brown and comoleyelybsee through.
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Identify my black piece of stone/fossil? [closed]

I found this piece at [Battery-point, Portishead, UK][1], at a site for fossil hunting. It is smooth one side and porous on the other. It also has one side with beautiful colours shining on the ...
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Pink Rock Identification [closed]

I found this in the parking lot during a craft fair. Does anyone know what it is? I’m thinking it’s either pink kyanite or pink tourmaline, but I'm a amateur so I can’t differentiate between the two. ...
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Basalt, slag or meteorite? [closed]

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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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's this mineral?

I'm 99% sure I got it in California on base while walking near the airstrip so it could have come from litterly anywhere. I can't seem to break any pieces off. It's kinda heavy for its size and hard. ...
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What on Earth in can repel a magnet? [closed]

The iron in blood is naturally repelled by a solid magnet the opposite of iron outside of blood by a magnetic field and I wander... Are there any elements that are repelled by a solid magnet? https://...
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Please help me identify this stone (Look like some kind of quartz, but I'm not sure.)

My young sister found this stone on a street and she asked me what type it is. And I really don't know. It was found in Western Ukraine, in North Galicia. But it may be that it was brought here from ...
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Identification: Greenish Greek stone

Volume: 100ml +- 2% (yes, I couldn’t believe it either); Mass: measurement pending, but above 200g I just bought a mineral identification book and it says to take a streak. I tried with tiles at home,...
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Can anyone tell me what’s inside this rock please

I got this rock yesterday from a friend who was unsure of what it was. I think it’s carnelian but what’s interesting I what’s inside!! Any ideas what it is?
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Strange scar marks on pebble

My question is not specifically about identification of this piece of rock. Instead I am focusing on the origin of the scar marks on this rock. I have found this stone in the pebbles in the path. This ...
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Metallic rock identification from Ontario Canada

This rock was found in Lake/Lac Clair near Sturgeon Falls Ontario Canada in about 2 feet of water next to the edge of the lake. It can easily fit in my hand. You can see a size comparison in the ...
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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 ...