Questions tagged [rocks]

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Megaspherulite growth

I have been fascinated by photos of these for a while, and I would like to ask how megaspherulites grow so large, when spherulites are normally quite small? I also noticed that all papers about the ...
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Why aren't there ultra acid igneous rocks?

In my study, I found that in volcanoes when the magma is going up it formed different types of rocks. There are basic, acidic and ultrabasic. My question is why isn't there ultra acid igneous rocks ...
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Using Enhanced Rock Weathering in the Sahel Region of Africa

A recent Guardian article "Spreading rock dust on fields could remove vast amounts of CO2 from air" has gotten some attention in the nongovernmental and UN organizations working in the Sahel ...
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Is there a modelling of Wave Rock (Hyden Rock) formation?

I'm interested in the visualization of the formation process of "strange" objects like Wave Rock (flared slope). I've found articles describing hypotheses of the rock formation but I cannot ...
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When Earth formed 4.5 × 10⁹ years ago, how much radiation did surface rocks emit?

When Earth formed $\approx 4.5 \times 10^9$ years ago, Earth's surface rocks emitted more radiation because they had more unstable isotopes. All short half-life isotopes decayed long ago, and the ...
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What is the time period of these chalk/clay layers?

These limestone-clay rocks are very common in the Alps, they come from weather changes. How many years does it take to make one of the rock bands? 7 years, equivalent to an el-nino type event? 1000 ...
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Non-invasive techniques to find rock composition

If we had access to a totally new kind of rock (maybe a new meteorite), is it possible to tell what the rock is composed of without touching it / drilling into it? I'm thinking of something like ...
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In radiometric isochron dating why is at t=0 D*/Dref=const but P/Dref not?

I am a physics graduate and trying to understand one of the assumptions made for isochron dating of rocks: at crystallization time of the rock, $t=0$, the ratio of the parent isotope to a stable ...
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Estimations of time to turn a beach rock into this?

[ROUND BEACH STONECan anyone help determine how long it would have taken to turn this rock into the ball it is now? heavy density .Found on the South Coast here in the UK near Lyme Regis (Jurassic ...
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Use of radiolarian fossils to assess CO2 levels in early geological periods

Radiolaria are microscopic marine protozoans commonly found as fossils in rocks dating as far back as the early Cambrian. Their silica skeletons are damaged by high levels of CO2, so is it possible to ...
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Sources or strategies for stone identification

I have a bunch of semi-precious stones here, but I am not very learned in geology etc and I would like to have some way to know what kind of stones they are. As far as I understand question about ...
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Spatial Continuity in python

I have data like this of rocks from 3 blast holes: These are the rock properties of each blast hole of a mining site. The rock properties come from the Block model of that mining site. I want to ...
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What ore minerals are likely to be found in a thin section like this? What can we deduce from the structure?

The following image is of polished sample of mineral-rich rock. There are two major portions we can see that is ore minerals and rest the grayish material is gangue. The photo was taken with an ore ...
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Faster shale velocities in deviated wells

I am currently working with sonic measurements in the wells and there is an observation, that velocities are faster in shales over the deviated parts of the well. So, when the relative dip between the ...
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Energy Density of Porous Rocks

It's very long, I know. But please, don't be discouraged from going through this question if you can help me. The question is at the second to the last paragraph, but you need to read through to ...
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Why are metals so separated in the Earths crust? [duplicate]

I find it very surprising that metal ore deposits are so separate, and unevenly separated on the Earth. I do understand that there were various different conditions at some point in time in the ...
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Curious natural patterns on the surface of basalt blocks that make up the sidewalk

During one of my walks through the city streets, I noticed that some basalt blocks that make up the sidewalk have in their surface some very curious natural patterns: The photos above was taken at ...
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What would create the triangles in this rock I found in the Lehigh River [closed]

I collect rocks from the Lehigh Valley River, I have found some many interesting rock. With details that could not be from the water. Can you tell me what would cause the 3 triangle indents on this ...
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How can I find out if this is a geode without breaking it in half? [closed]

I found this rock today on my property. It looks similar to another rock I saw that was said to be a civil war cannon ball, however comments below suggest that it could be a geode. Are there any ...
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Marks on boulders of volcanic origin

I am working in a catchment in the southern Ecuadorian Andes, about 3700 m.a.sl. Rock outcrops at the upper part of the catchment, as massive blocks varying their size from one meter up to five meters,...
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Hi please could someone help identify this rock. Received it as a gift from a friend [closed]

The rock has green,purple and white stripes.
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If gypsum turns into plaster around 210 F, is there any natural plaster deposits or formations out there?

For a while I have been working with gypsum I mined from a site in Utah, and I realized how low the temperature is to turn it into plaster, so I was wandering; has there ever been any cases of large ...
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How to calculate or find the compressional stress wave velocity, Cp for a rock

In Cunningham's paper, "The Kuz-Ram fragmentation model - 20 years on", he makes mention of compressional stress wave velocity, Cp. He only comments that the Cp of granite = 5.2 km/s. I using a ...
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Chloride ions for the salty seawater

Where does the chloride ions that are required for the salty taste of sea water come from ? I know that it is the weathering caused by the slightly acidic (due to dissolution of CO2 with water) rain ...
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Is there a widely accepted reason for the formation of tafoni?

Expansion of tafoni seems to be based on weathering (seems reasonable enough.) But what creates them in the first place? There are a number of explanations online (Wikipedia lists eight plausible ...
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Why don't pyroxenites and peridotites appear in Streckeisen's QAPF diagram?

Wikipedia says for QAPF diagrams: "A QAPF diagram is a double ternary diagram which is used to classify igneous rocks based on mineralogic composition." Why don't pyroxenites and peridotites ...
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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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Identification of limestone type

These are images of a stone found and used extensively in the Jammu & Kashmir region between India and Pakistan. These are called devir or devri in the local parlance. Following is the ...
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What kind of rock is this?? White rock [closed]

What kind of rock is this?? Found laying on the surface of gravel.
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What is the difference between subvolcanic rocks and plutonic rocks?

I'm studying Plutonic (Intrusive) rocks and I really don't understand the difference between Plutonic Rocks that form in Sills and Dikes from the so called subvolcanic rocks, also known as a ...
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Making a local geological field trip an interesting and educational event for children?

I have no expertise in geology or earth science, but I would like to do a "field trip" with my home-schooled young children (under age 10) where I could teach them about geology from a hands-on ...
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Could one say that granites are metamorphic rocks, or not at all?

In my old textbooks, granites used to be part of the metamorphic rocks. Is this still true or not ? If not fully true, to which extent ? Could someone point me towards clear examples or definitions ...
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What a place that sells rocks is called [closed]

If a nursery sells plants, I'm wondering what a place that sells rocks is called. Something where they offer rocks of various sizes like this: Well, those are all river rocks, but I'm wondering about ...
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I need help with these geode like rocks [closed]

I found these rocks in my pasture and was excited because I thought I had found some geodes. The rocks were in a sandy bank and looked like eggs sticking out of the bank. I am located in Ness County ...
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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 kind of purple stone is this? [closed]

I found this stone and I do not know what type of stone is this?
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What kind of rock or stone is this? Where did it come from? [closed]

I found this on the side of the road in Oregon, i think it was left or forgoten about thats why it was left there but it has crystal pockets, multiple colors, some smooth sides, perfect circles and ...
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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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Can anyone help me identify these rocks please? [closed]

I apologize for any errors in my pictures or writing. My first post. [
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Whats this stone? [closed]

Found it couple days ago and it amazes me how smooth the surface is but cant identify it please help me. Found it in north germany near a lake on a trip there.
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What type of yellow-green stone is this? [closed]

It's greenish yellow with white. Got it in a mixed stone package from Amazon. No luster, I'd say a 7 in hardness, it doesn't look homogeneous.
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How does this melted-wax erosion pattern form in sandstone?

How does this kind of erosion pattern that looks like melting wax form in sandstone? Can you describe the kinds of processes and kinds of rocks that are needed for this? I've seen it in Nevada, but ...
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Identifying rocks, minerals [closed]

I am sorry to bother you.. before passing away, my grandfather gave me a special box that contained all types of beautiful, colorful rocks and minerals. I am having a hard time identifying them! Could ...
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Rock / Fossil ID? [closed]

Please see link below if anyone can help ID. I think the little claw looking thing is a fossil? The red rock is smooth,Matt in some places and semi glossy on some of the sides. The black rock has ...
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Rock identification ? What kind of it is? [closed]

My co-worker had this rock and told me found just behind the store, Big R, and put on the table in the office. Location is Trindad, Colorado.
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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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Help identifying rock? [closed]

Found in stream, heavy, has a tin of red lines and dark. 1]]2[grey white, rusty ]3. Dark lines n rusty lines. Hard to break off piece ain't magnetic
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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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I found this rock on Laguna Beach [closed]

Rock found on Laguna Beach. It is not sand stone and is heavy for its size 3" x 2". It is rather dense. Click the image for full size:
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What is meant by intraplate volcanism?

I am having massive confusion on whether intraplate volcanism refers to volcanism occurring at plate boundaries or away from plate boundaries (such as formation of ocean island basalts), or perhaps ...