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Questions tagged [mineralogy]

questions relating to the scientific study and identification of minerals.

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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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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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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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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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Database of color wavelengths of minerals

I was wondering about the physics of color, and now am interested in finding out if there are any resources (databases, text files, html tables, or pdf listings) of minerals and their associated ...
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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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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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Why do gold deposits form only in certain areas of the earth?

In the map above you can find that most elements are spread evenly throughout Earth's crust and that they are available all around the Earth. However, gold can only be found in certain areas of the ...
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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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Why would CaO be more finely spread than K2O in Granodiorite?

I recently interpreted some XRF data on samples of a granodiorite which were classified under three different types of physical characteristics: very little, mild and significant levels of weathering. ...
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Why does the colour of amethyst fade if exposed to too much light?

It is well known that the purple hue that is characteristic of the amethyst quartz ($\ce{SiO2}$) will fade if the crystal is exposed to light for a prolonged period of time. What is the underlying ...
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What determines a mineral's hardness?

Mohs Hardness Scale is basically a measurement of the hardness of a material, or more specific, a rock or mineral. But I have never been able to figure out why some minerals are harder than others.
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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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In what geological situations can I find gold?

I've heard that gold ore is often associated with quartz veins. What geological processes enable gold particles to naturally cluster together like this? What characteristics/properties should I look ...
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Peak phosphorus - what are the sinks?

The minable phosphorus reserves are limited. Where is the mined phosphoprus landing, what are the global phosphorus sinks? I would assume that most phosphorus is used for fertilizer and ultimately ...
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What does the unit cell of petitjeanite look like?

The question in Chemistry SE What is the crystal structure of bismuth oxyhydroxyphosphate (BOHP)? is about a catalyst synthesized by accident. A link in this comment points to the page https://www....
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Chloride and evaporation

I have a layered aquifer with water that contains high concentrations of calcium and sulfate (~400 mg/L Ca2+, ~1300 mg/L SO42-), at 50 cm below ground surface (bgs), 250 cm bgs and 300 cm bgs. The ...
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What's the difference between cleavage and fracture?

I see both terms refereing to fractures on crystals or minerals, so I wonder if they could be considered synonymous. If no, what's the difference between both terms?
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What is this translucent and blue vein crystal, 7.5 < Mohs < 9, Lustre: Aventurescence

It looks like quartz, but it has blue veins on the surface that look died. Not all surface scratches are blue though. Hardness: > 6.5. Nail file will not scratch it. > 7 quartz will not scratch it. >...
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An oblique-square-prism crystal?

Does any mineral crystallize in the shape of an oblique square prism? If so, what crystal system (monoclinic, cubic, hexagonal, etc.) would such a mineral fall under?
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Can gemstones be cut into sheets? [closed]

TL;DR: Without lasers, electricity, or otherwise modern tools, could large transparent gems be sliced (like glass window)? So I’m world building. On this planet they have caves with enormous gemstone/...
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Name of majorite endmember $\ce{Mg3(FeSi)Si3O12}$

Does the majorite garnet $\ce{Mg3(FeSi)Si3O12}$ have a name?
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Does the shear modulus of silicate minerals vary significantly with changes in P and T?

I know that the bulk modulus, K, varies with pressure and temperature for silicate minerals and liquids, but what about the shear modulus? If so, is the change drastic for changes from standard ...
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Phase relation for mantle?

I have information about temperature, pressure, normal and shear stresses, viscosity, conductivity, density, heat capacity and adiabatic heating for a particular area of mantle in the form of 2D ...
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Is this an agate? [closed]

So I have found these in a creek there are some that look like this and I have broke them open and they were full of crystals these seem to small and I have tried cracking then and they wont budge I ...
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How are minerals classified?

What exactly is done to classify minerals in Earth Sciences such as Geology? How can it be known if one mineral is the same as another if they should be visually different?
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Metallic Balls Found in Sandstone or Mudstone Layer

Found metallic balls of some type of metal ore surrounded by yellow mudstone the metallic balls crush easily into a fine gray powder. The gray balls are situated between sandstone layers in a soft ...
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What kind of efflorecence is this?

It occures in a tunnel under tens of meters of vulcanic deposits (mostly Thephra i think) at Herculaneum, Italy. Water seems to come from the surface, however the sea is near. It's level is lower ...
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Mineral/rock identification [closed]

I found this rock in the Himalayan region in India. It was on the roadside of a hill that we were trekking. It has a silver lustre. It has a hardness of 5.5(I can scratch it with a knife blade).it has ...
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Can someone identify this mineral? [closed]

I found this in a stream in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Wyoming. One side (2/3 length) has a pointy pyramid with four faces; other side (1/3 length) has four faces but with with an edge ...
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Mineral identification - please help!

I'm currently writing an essay on a mosaic in the British Museum, and am unsure about which stone the frame is constructed from (pictured). I would be most grateful for help identifying it. Thanks! ...
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What is this translucent blue-green oblong crystal?

I think it might be aventurine of some sort, but I'm not sure. Hardness: It is harder than a steel nail file. The file leaves a track, but it rubs off, leaving no mark. I scraped it on the bottom ...
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Where/how people find minerals

Forever I have seen little shops here and there offer minerals like those crystals and neat shaped rocks of different kinds, turquoise and amethyst and many others and such. But I never really thought ...
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Do Pyroelectric gemstones really exist? Can they be found on web market?

I just got the curiosity today to know whether the gems that produce electricity non stop without an end exist, and I have found this site. But I’m having doubts about it, thinking that it could be ...
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Is this a rock with metal or gold? [closed]

I found these really hard rock while i was excavating. It caught my attention the different colors.
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Please identify- no origin known but given to me by a geologist

A very dear man who love his job as a geologist gave this to me. He’s been all over the country so I have no idea where he may have picked it up
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Why do felsic materials have lower melting points than mafic?

It is clear from Bowen's reaction series that more felsic minerals have lower melting points than mafic minerals. As far as I know, the same is true of quenched glasses. Felsics have a higher degree ...
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If the study of “minerals” is covered by inorganic chemistry

I am wondering what field studies "minerals", such as the minerals in Wikipedia's list. I keep thinking that perhaps it would be covered in inorganic chemistry (list of inorganic compounds wiki), but ...
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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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Why would India have so much thorium on it's beaches?

The recent BBC News article Why India Wants to Turn it's Beaches into Nuclear Fuel includes the passage: The tropical beaches of India probably bring to mind sun-dappled palms, fiery fish curries ...
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I found this strange spherical stone in Gillette Wyoming. I have no idea what it is. Please help.

These are recent pictures of it. It’s heavy, I see small minerals that catch the light in it, very bumpy, spherical, doesn’t seem to be magnetic, I was falling down a deep trench and kicked it up at ...
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What kind of purple stone is this?

I found this stone and I do not know what type of stone is this?
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heavy, brown, rock with crystals, please help identify

please help identify this rock. it is heavier than most. dark brown color. picture is shown with streak test. found in Philadelphia pa. at home demolition site. crystals seem to be different type and ...
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Help Identifying this Mineral? [closed]

I have the following rock/mineral but can't seem to identify. Anybody have an idea what it might be? It's heavy, 3"x3", nonmagnetic (but slightly repels a neodymium magnet), blackish in color with ...
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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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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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Rock ID: shiny, very hard, black rock from Louisiana, USA

I have had this for over 20 years and I still don't know what it is. I found it on top of the ground by my dad's workshop in our yard in Louisiana. I don't know how it got there. It weighs 6 pounds 7 ...
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Is this petrified wood or just “some rock”?

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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What is this Stone [closed]

I found this stone in my father's old stuff. I tried to search online for about it but I don't know what is it. It looks to be a rare stone. Can someone identify it?