Questions tagged [rocks]

Questions about rock types, formation, chemistry, and physics. If you just want help identifying a rock please use the tag "identification-request".

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What type of rock is this?

I have no idea if this is a mineral, quarts, geode or anything . Anyone know ?
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Help to Identify a Rock Found in Gray Clay [on hold]

Found digging a pond. The rock was inside Gray Clay 18 feet below grade. The person who gave it to me tried cutting it with a grinder. This left an area that looks like steel. Location: ...
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I found this stone with metal linings can someone identify it?

I am more curious about the metal on the surface (if it's even metal?) on this stone :) I don't really remember where I found it, probably at this beach of the Baltic Sea, but there is also a chance ...
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Rock ID: black rock found in Central Europe

I'm note sure if it's an anthracite, augite, jet (lignite) or something completely different. I don't know where exactly i found it because it's from my old rock collection. I would appreciate your ...
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What California crystal/mineral is this? Is there a name for this type of crystal formation [closed]

I have a number of pieces of this very thin, flat, rock with olive green crystal in it (for lack of a more educated example) peanut brittle like structure. It's very light weight. None of the pieces ...
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What types of rocks are these [closed]

I can’t figure out what type of rocks these are I would like to create pigment out of them to make a watercolor want to make sure they are safe, one is brick red the other is more of a deep magenta, ...
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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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What type of rock is this [closed]

![I found the the rocks is Eastern Arizona by the Black Mesas. They are white with a few orange patches. The inside kind of looks like quarts.
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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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Is this olivine? [on hold]

Could this small rock be olivine? It has got a rough feeling surface, and 'it's heavy. I found this in Wales 12 years ago.
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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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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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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 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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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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Is it an egg? What type of rock please? [closed]

This stone was found by my uncle in Western Queensland. It’s light brown in colour and smooth. It's very heavy for its size. 780 grams. Pocket knife doesn’t scratch it. many thanks.
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Help me identify my rock is it jade?

Found this rock it looks like a vein of Jade but I have no idea. This is the inside of the rock. I found it already broke the rock is wet in the pic. It's is a hard rough texture and the green in the ...
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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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Can someone help ID this rock [closed]

Found today in a creek in Indiana, has a geode look and the broken edge shows red opaque facades.
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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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Identification of a rock from Kentucky [closed]

I was hiking the other day in southeastern Kentucky and ran across this rock on a river bank. I've never seen a rock like this before. Can anyone here identify it?
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Anyone have any idea what these are? [closed]

Can someone please help me identify these rocks please ](https://i.stack.imgur.com/y28zy.jpg)
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Help me to identify this strange rock [closed]

About 9 years ago I found this rock in the middle of the river. It reminds me of a some kind of a volcanic rock, but I live in Finland, and we only have dead volcanoes around here. Outer layer is just ...
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Can anyone help me identify this rock found in Tulsa Oklahoma?

I was working in my front yard in Tulsa Oklahoma and ran over this rock with my lawnmower. It was logged in the ground enough I didn’t see it. It’s 2.5 inches in length. Black in color with what ...
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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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Can anyone identify this stone

i found this stone on the east coast of south island in New Zealand, it's 200 grams and very hard,i used a metal file on it and it left steel residue on the stone.
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rock id:hard,green,other ones were around but not with black streaks [closed]

Located in vermilion river Lasalle Il. It is a green and has black streaks with what looks like air bubbles at the end.
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Can someone please help me identify my rock?

Hey guys! My name is Brent and I found this rock over 20 years ago while swimming with my siblings in Lake Huron near Kincardine, Ontario. I actually found it under water at one of our favourite ...
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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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Please identify this rock

I found this rock along the Illinois river basin in cave junction, oregon. It was laying on the top layer of a massive beach of rock. It's shape is what drew me too it, then after closer inspection ...
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What is in this rock?

There were many, many examples of this, my photo simply shows a situation where I had even light and time to take a photo without making anyone wait for me. The basic rock is obviously sandstone. ...
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Identify rock found on beach in Florida [closed]

This rock was found in Florida on the beach on top of the sand. There were no others found. Color of rock is white, the outer rim is clear (see through) the inner layer is solid. The inner layer is ...
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Identify rock, found in Florida

Round with crystal looking around it, hard. Seems to have layers in the center. The inside is smooth and the outside layer is textured. The white layers go all the way through the rock. Found on 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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Help identify my redbrown rock with crystal like formation on the inside

This rock is red/orange/brown in color. It is slightly clear/translucent when held up to light. Will not scratch with a knife. Has a crystal like structure on the inside.
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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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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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Please Help Identify My Rock

This rock is smooth, heavy and dark grey/black in color with white blotches which are different in shape and size and are also porous. It scratches by a knife and I found it in with many pails of ...
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Rock ID: black, white and orange, from Malaga, Spain

I picked up some very interesting rocks and pebbles on the beach in Malaga, Spain this summer. They are predominately flat and colored dark grey crisscrossed with stripes of orange and white. The dark ...
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What is this yellow stone

I found this yellow stone in a creek.It was easy to break by slamming it against another stone and has evenly spaced crystal clear grains.They are very clear that under the sun I thought that water ...
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What is this stone or mineral it's light but strong [closed]

The other side is just cyan color I don't know where this stone is from Any help is appreciated
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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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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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What type of ore is this? [on hold]

I have found this metal somewhere in a semi-desert area in Ethiopia. The place has no mountains and has no human contact yet. It is magnetic and has some rust on the top which can be removed using ...
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Rock identification: gray with small dark lines/inclusions all over [on hold]

Gray stones with short small dark shiny lines all over it. Found it on the beaches of Newport Rhode Island.
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What is this figurine made of: [closed]

Have several of these animal figurines, MADE IN USSR on bottom. Can't figure out what type of rock it is made from. Any ideas?
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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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Identification: mystery rock with golden features and shimmer

I found this rock in our backyard in Germany. As our garden is filled with bushes it was very oddly placed and I have carried this rock around with me ever since, wondering what sort of rock it might ...