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Glassy Rock/Mineral Identification in Victoria, BC (Canada) [closed]

The following rock (image below) was found in my in-laws backyard recently. The location is Victoria, BC (Canada) and is fairly far in-land (tens of kilometers from any coastlines). Its surface is ...
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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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What was the first rock in the rock cycle?

I am an undergraduate student but I am a tutor at a High School, and one student asked me. Attempting to explain the rock cycle "if one rock turns into the other then which came first" my gut is ...
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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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Why is coal classified as a sedimentary rock?

Something just clicked in my head today. Rocks, by the definition I was taught, are composed of minerals which in turn are by definition not organic, so they are or were not alive. However. Coal, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are “monoliths” giant, isolated rocks sitting in dirt, or are they continuous with bedrock

I am at a loss for the precise, correct terminology, but I have read in Wikipedia that Uluru is not a monolith, but Savandurga is, and that I probably shouldn't be using the word monolith to begin ...
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What is the global distribution of oil filled geodes?

In a general 40 mile radius of Keokuk, Iowa many sedimentary geodes can be found. They are abundant in the Warsaw Formation with the type section at Geode Glenn in Warsaw, Illinois. In one specific ...
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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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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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How long does it take for a stone to alter?

We see stones and they appear to be the same throughout our life time. Mountains also appear to not significantly change. So do mountains and stones decompose? What is the life span of a stone? After ...
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Are the processes of the rock cycle currently in dynamic equilibrium?

The standard representation of the rock cycle usually looks like this: Does each stage of the rock cycle currently balance? That is, are the various processes in dynamic equilibrium, so that the ...
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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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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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How are natural specimens, such as ‘Moqui Marbles’, distinguished from man-made artifacts?

If a particular type of rock specimen is found throughout Earth and is made entirely of natural minerals, but the individual specimens differ minutely from another in size and shape and look to be ...
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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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Any idea what are these circular rock marks?

During a family trip in the Israeli National Trail in the Pora Stream part (31.496871, 34.770928), I noticed these circular rock marks. Any idea what are they?
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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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How this sedimentary rock is made?

Apologies in advance for a beginners question. Different rock types make me curious and recently went to an area where interesting sedimentary rock is all over. As the area is on the coast, sea has ...
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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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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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There are cloud identification guides, are there also (guided) rock identification websites?

Seeing all these rock identification questions, got me wondering, is there no straightforward guided rock identification website? In Intro to Geology lab, I remember going through a bit of a process ...
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What do you call boulders of non sedimentary rock that were lithified into sandstone?

I'm convinced there is a word for this. I was in the Hoodoos at Writing on Stone this weekend and kept noticing what looked like reddish quartzite boulders laying around in the sand, or sometimes ...
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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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What is this Lake Michigan rock? [closed]

Rock found along northern Lake Michigan, (Charlevoix, MI). Made up of very thin crystalline layers. There are small, round bubble like bumps that protrude from the surface. Doesn't show well in the ...
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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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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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Where are the oldest igneous rocks found?

I'm trying to catch up on my homework for earth science, but I'm having a difficult time searching for an answer to my question.
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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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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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If rocks are stones, what type of rock are gallstones? [closed]

From Wikipedia: Rock or stone is a natural substance, a solid aggregate of one or more minerals or mineraloids. For example, granite, a common rock, is a combination of the minerals quartz, ...
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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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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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Can rocks have pressure signatures?

Since rocks can have magnetic signatures, as is the case with paleomagnetism, can they store past pressures also? For example, when researchers are trying to determine past ocean levels, they ...