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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 are the implications of the recent discovery that huge oceans exist close to the mantle of the Earth? [duplicate]

I was of the notion that as we get deeper into the Earth, it gets hotter and hotter. If so, how can there be huge oceans (they seem bigger than our Pacific) exist at such a place? If so, what are the ...
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Unidentified mineral found in France [closed]

(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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What type of gem is this? [closed]

I was wondering what type of stone this is. I tested it on Mohs hardness scale. It scratched quartz. I found it at Crystal Cave in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. They were selling bags of gems you could sift ...
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A sedimentary rock with only minerals

In my text book I came across this multiple-choice question A sedimentary rock consists of only minerals and lacks fossils, it could be classified as: i) a clastic sedimentary rock ii) a ...
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Is porphyritic texture always indicative of a 2 stage cooling process?

Is porphyritic texture always indicative of a 2 stage cooling process? Can't the phenocrysts and groundmass be formed at the same time depending upon the chemical constituents forming the rock? The ...
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How can I normalize this chemical analysis to a mineral with 3 cations?

$\ce{FeO}$ = 70 wt% $\ce{TiO2}$ = 30 wt% The molecular weight given of $\ce{FeO}$ = 72, and the mw of $\ce{TiO2}$ = 80. The first step I did was divide each wt% by their molecular weights to get a ...
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Does ground-to-cloud lightning create crystals as well?

I've read that cloud-to-ground lightning can create fulgurites. Does ground-to-cloud lightning also create crystals within the earth as it surges through the minerals?
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Online resources for geographical distribution of minerals

I'm trying to find the geographical distribution and availability of mineral Brannerite. Is there a resource online to know or query where a certain mineral is found? On the link page, they mention ...
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Looking for a complete table of minerals for a database

I am building an open source spatial geochemical/geological observational database for mineral exploration. I need to fill the mineral lookup table. Where can I find a complete list of all minerals ...
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Is there a table with decomposition temperatures of common minerals?

I am about to perform a Loss On Ignition test on a material I know that contains among on things kaolinite, which will release water at 500 $^oC$. However, I tried finding a table with decomposition ...
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Is a controlled fractional crystallization process feasible on the Moon?

I am looking for a way to separate metal oxides on the Moon. Please bear with me - it's for an ultra-hard science fiction project. Processes typical on Earth are not effective there. Heat is cheap on ...
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Is the association of fluorescent minerals calcite, fluorite, and apatite with fluorescent rare-Earth minerals a coincidence?

If I understand this answer and this comment correctly, minerals like calcite, fluorite, and apatite are "commonly associated with (Rare Earth Element) REE deposits", and like some REEs also fluoresce ...
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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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Could this be pyroxene twinning ? (thin section)

I found this beautiful euhedral pyroxene crystal in thin section today. There is one thing that I can´t explain though. In crossed polarizers, the crystal shows two different interference colors, ...
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I have found this structure in thin section. What is it?

I have been observing a nepheline specimen under polarized light and found some interesting places. I have taken several images. The first shows a micro-geode with parallel polarizers, second with ...
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Can humidity changes induce stacking-sequence changes?

My understanding is that some minerals with layered crystal structures will reversibly absorb water with changes in humidity. Are there any minerals where this reversible absorption leads to a ...
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Are there any areas on Earth with purplish-colored soil/sand/rock/land?

This sort of comes from my related question, but only sort of. Are there any areas on Earth with purplish-colored soil? The purple tint would come from some mineral, perhaps deposited by rivers or ...
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I found this strange spherical stone in Gillette Wyoming. I have no idea what it is. Please help. [closed]

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 is the meaning of the subscript in the abbreviations of some minerals?

I have noticed that in many articles on minerals that I have read the abbreviation of some mineral has a numerical subscript, for example, occurs with the forsterite (Fo95-90, Fo92-84, Fo94, etc.). ...
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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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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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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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The influence of special emissions (possibly coal mining activity) on particulate matters

Based on multiple site sampling of airborne $PM_{2.5}$ and $PM_{10}$ , the elemental concentrations of the trace elements were analyzed. I have found out in the site near surface coal mining zone ...
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Why do buoyantly rising mantle minerals melt, yet buoyantly rising atmospheric waters condense?

In the mantle, minerals contained in buoyant plumes of rock undergo phase changes from solid to liquid (decompression melting). In the atmosphere, waters contained in buoyant plumes of air undergo ...
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What is the difference between mineral groups and series?

It seems to me when reading about minerals, groups and series are spoken about interchangably in similar types of contexts. Is there a difference? If so, what?
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Significance of crystal classes in crystallography

I am studying crystals and I learned that there are 32 crystal classes with well-described data regarding symmetries. I have visited a few sites and am having difficulty determining the significance ...
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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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How do cations control the crystal structure of silicate minerals?

Beyond the obvious fact that in many of the silicate subtypes they play an ionic 'glue' like role by bonding the tetrahedra units together; how do cations control the structure of a silicate and how ...
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Hyperspectral Detection of Ore

How can I use hyperspectral satellite imagery to remotely detect copper or any prespecified mineral deposit in general? Where can I find a database of the absorption and reflection bands of various ...
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heavy, brown, rock with crystals, please help identify [closed]

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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Iron-nickel phase in pallasite meteorites

I have recently been learning and researching about meteorite types and classification. Pallasites are mainly composed of a 'solid-solution' of olivine crystals and an iron-nickel alloy. My question ...
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Saturation Index clarification

I have a problem with my project and I was hoping I would find some clarification. I did some modeling with phreeqc to calculate saturation indices and found that calcite was saturated in an ...
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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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What processes cause basalt to form a columnar structure? [duplicate]

I have run across many pictures of rocks that look like almost perfectly carved columns. For example: the Twyfelfontein Organ Pipes, the Basaltic Prisms of Santa Maria Regla, and the waterfall ...
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Why are there craters on the moon?

The Earth's moon is in synchronous rotation around Earth. The question: Why are there craters on the lit side of the moon and the dark and of which are not parallel with crater schemes on Earth?
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Melting point of minerals

Looking at this website, I can see the melting point of the following minerals: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/Geophys/meltrock.html Apparently at a temperature of 1200 °C, all the ...
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Is it possible to determine where gold might be found based on a map, and if so, how? [duplicate]

Is it possible to locate potential gold deposits using maps that describe dominant rock type, altitude, vegetation, or geological formations? (I realize that the location would probably still have to ...
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Introduction to Geology Books

I am a high school student who is thinking about going to university for Geological Sciences. I've had an interest in rocks and such since I was little, but I want to get an idea of what studying ...
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Is this classification of mineral formation environments correct?

I am writing an app for students that consist in 180 sheets of the most common minerals on Earth's Crust. One of the fields of the sheets is environment of formation. It is important to me to ...
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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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Geological maps of British Columbia

I’ve been doing research into mineral deposits in B.C. I’ve been overlaying old claims maps onto Google Earth maps. Are there any good public maps for metallic minerals for British Columbia online?
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What is the geologic origin of the Bauxite deposit in Bauxite, Arkansas, and could there be more?

Bauxite is an mineral of Aluminum. Despite a general mineral wealth, the USA does not have any major Bauxite deposits, except for one in Arkansas. The mining town was named Bauxite, Arkansas. The ...
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How can a crystal habit be round?

I am confused how hematite can have a "botryoidal" habit when its crystal structure is trigonal, which is an angled structure. How can an angled crystal present itself as rounded? If a botryoidal ...
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Is there any mineral identification techniques that works for all minerals?

Are there any mineral identification techniques that work for all minerals(non-metallic/metallic), so that an electronic device could be made to distinguish between all minerals?
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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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Ions & elements, which is the correct terminology to use when discussing chemical compounds in Earth Science?

Different textbooks use different terminologies when discussing the same chemical compounds, for example when discussing the minerals... Elements / Compounds Sulfide minerals consist of metallic ...
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Ore Deposit Determination

How are ore body sizes determined? What are the most reliable techniques of determining the size of ore deposits as well as their content?
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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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What exactly are enantiotropic and monotropic polymorphic transitions?

Recently, I've been studying the subject of polymorphism and met two important concepts, the monotropic and enantiotropic polymorphic transition types. However, I can't really seem to grasp the ...