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Why does Australia have no chrome?

I've been trying to collect resource data about Australia for a few years. Some good reference sites are AustraliaMinerals.gov.au and AustralianMinesAtlas.gov.au Australia seems to be pretty rich in ...
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Dissolved minerals

I have a question that I am confused about. If a mineral (say limestone) was added to a groundwater system, say like an aquifer and is completely dissolved in solution, can it ever be a solid again ...
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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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Why does halite have a cubic crystal

Why does mineral halite has a cubic crystal ? Is this a result of the way by which sodium ions and chloride ions are held together ? And what is the relation between the cubic crystal of halite and ...
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What causes this white coloration of the ground in Gilf-Kebir?

It seems, these white blotches are reflective enough that they caused oversaturation of a spot of image taken from a satellite at the L1 lagrangian point (click to open at max resolution, the purple ...
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Why are most minerals so rare?

There are 4,660 known minerals, so why are most of them so rare? Is it to do with the structure of minerals?
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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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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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What is the geologic origin of Cryolite, and could there be more?

Cryolite is a mineral of aluminum (Na$_3$AlF$_6$). The only known natural deposit was found in Ivittuut, Greenland. It was mined from 1854 to 1987 and yielded 3.7 Mt of Cryolite ore. Basically my ...
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How gold deposits can be formed in Himalayas?

I have heard that gold is found in the water coming out of glaciers in Skardu region of Pakistan. Given that this area is part of Himalaya, what processes could result into ores of gold in this area?...
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How does quartz form in calcite veins?

This question might be a bit silly, but I have to ask since I am very curious and I did not find any good answer. I visited two places, where quartz crystals (var. smoky quartz) occurs - and both ...
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Muscovite with pleochroic halos?

Is it possible to find pleochroic halos in muscovite ? I would have said that it must be biotite (also, in PPL it is brown!), but then.. why does it have interference colors so similar to muscovite ? ...
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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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Mining and keeping UK minerals?

Is it legal to mine/collect and keep minerals in the UK for educational purposes? I would also like to know if there are any notable mineral deposits located in the UK midlands.
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What is meant by phase-change in mantle?

Phase transition usually means changing from liquid to solid phase. But in geology literature we come across transitions from one mineral to other mineral. For example olivine-spinel transition at 410 ...
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Deadly minerals

I would like to go into mineral excavation as a hobby. What deters me is the fact there are quite a few deadly minerals/ores out there. My question is how likely is it there are those deadly ores in ...
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Did we find cinnabarit?

We searched for cinnabarit in an abandoned mine (Google Maps, in Békásmegyer, Hungary). We collected these samples, but as we are not geologists, we are not sure what we found. Pictures about the ...
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The rock that gives birth to quartz sand

Thanks to one minute of the Earth we know that beach sand mother rock, besides the quartz itself, is (or was?) made of olivine, amphibole and orthoclase. I wonder, what is the name of that rock and ...
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Were all of Earth's minerals created before Earth's formation, during, or after?

I've heard that during the accretion of proto-planets that formed the earth, 60 minerals were created through the reactions of atoms and molecules in the nebula. Do these first minerals still make up ...
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Mining iron or metals in nature

Upon watching all the videos from PrimitiveTechnology on Youtube, I've decided I would try something similar. I know how to make clay and use this to make an oven. I also know how to make charcoal. ...
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Strange coating in old lime mine shaft

Near Prague,Czech Republic is old lime mine. Most of it is closed but one short transport tunnel under one hill is publicly accessible. Tunnel has profile around 2,5x2,5m and it's slightly bended and ...
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Is it ok to use biology microscope for gemological purpose?

Is it ok to use biology microscope for gemological purpose? What's the difference?
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What type of mineral is this? [closed]

My grandfather found this thing.
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How do hematite and magnetite form?

I want to understand the conditions under which hematite $\ce{Fe_2O_3}$ and magnetite $\ce{Fe_3O_4}$ form in nature. The linked Wikipedia articles explain various conditions under which they form, but ...
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Plotting a mineral stability diagram

I'm trying to figure out how to plot the stability of 4 minerals — $\ce{CaCO3}$, $\ce{CaSO4}$, $\ce{CaMg(CO3)2}$, and $\ce{CaMg3(CO3)4}$ — with axes of $\mathrm{ln}\,a_{\ce{Mg^{+2}}}$ vs $\mathrm{ln}\,...
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What are the most common minerals at the Earth's surface?

I know how to find out the first few most common minerals, and I know how to find a list of 6800 minerals that one geologist found as a microscopic grain in this one meteorite. I can't seem to find a ...
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How do geologists find ore deposits?

From my research, there is lots of information on how to extract ore, but I can't find any information on how these ore deposits are found in the first place, apart from 'looking for surface ...
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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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Why do most opal deposits occur in Australia?

According to the Wikipedia page about opals, this hydrated amorphous silica based gemstone is most commonly found in Australia, with according to the page, over 90% from Australia. Opal from Coober ...
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Is it possible for a natural fluorescent mineral to glow from the sun's rays?

I have been searching certain fluorescent minerals, such as Andersonite, and all websites are saying how the mineral will glow if exposed to Ultraviolet light. Does enough ultraviolet light come ...
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Where can obsidian be found?

Where is obsidian found? Is it typically found on the surface or underground? If underground, how far under (meters or feet would be perfect)? Also, is it found everywhere on Earth, or just in areas ...
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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 kind of minerals have no cleavage plane?

Why does quartz have no cleavage plane and halite does? What do I need to know about the specific mineral so that I can decide whether it has cleavage or not? I need some kind of rule.
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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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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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How and where do double-terminated crystals form?

How and where do double-terminated crystals form? Most terminated crystals form by 'growing' out of a rock. Which causes one side to be flat,(or whatever the shape of the rock it 'grew' out of was ...

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