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Found 25 results

  1. Help in identifying please

    Hello everyone,I am looking for help to figure out if this is a fossil,and what type,it was found in Northeast Missouri,near the Mississippi river,I am told it is quartz,it is mostly a clear color but has bone white nodules in places,that is about all I know of it,I am a new member so if my post is incorrect I apologize,I am happy to receive any and all information and opinion and wish to Thank everyone in advance. gmanp135
  2. Small wormlike fossils in hard mineral

    I'm still brand new here, and hoping that help from the ID posts will get me moving in the right direction. We have so many fossils here in Cincinnati and the outlying regions.. Thank you for helping!
  3. Hi. I know that the one side is amethyst in the picture, but on the other side looks like smoky quartz with a vein of quartz in the middle. Clear to dark gray in color. Any info would help. Thanks
  4. Shocked or Tectonic?

    Something keeps telling me to look further, but I believe this is part of answering how big of an event happened here. This stone was pulled from a vein that was sandwiched in a softer than limestone but more like granite. Sorry no picture of that. I was intrigued by the crystal structure of the crystals that had been knocked free by free range cattle and deer. My first thoughts were of petrified wood since it's literally just about everywhere if you look. But I could not figure out in the world a piece of wood might petrify, #1 clear #2 with opposing angles. These pieces did not seem to fit with the typical crystallization of quartz. The area does have examples of tectonic uplift, whether it was impact or explosive I've yet to understand. By using the scope I can see that there was a whole lot of smashing going on, shockwave from a meteorite would absolutely do it. Would also explain other pieces that still need some up close treatment. I have to change lighting and stage almost every specimen though. I only got through 4 or 5 in a whole day. pic #1 Really thought it was just an interesting piece of quartz, polish one end (soft like calcite, powdered easily, chips into a gazillion pieces) and the clarity is astonishing, you can easily see clean through like glass. With the light just right you can see a what looks like a haze that runs in the center of it. Looks very much like a light layer of smoke. Proximity to the shocked/tectonic pieces, maybe 800ft. pic #2 is a piece of shocked/tectonic quartz that is blackened on the outer surface, I'm guessing a flash of heat but certainly not brush because there is literally almost nothing there. I broke a section clean to analyze under the scope, you can see the opposing grain vs the natural crystallization, with the naked eye. It does take some reflection technique using the sun to illuminate the patterns. Up close under the scope, @80x you can see how the original crystallization was shocked. pic #3 Is the surface of pic #1 also @80x. Really thought the crystallization on the surface was quite interesting, but even more than that. Why is there no visual evidence of similar crystallization on the interior? pic #4 Is the top portion (of pic #2) that was exposed at the surface of the vein. I chipped this piece out with a hammer. @80x, illustrates the burning, sort of looks like it stuck it's face in a blast furnace to me. I have one more absolutely amazing piece that has a shocked/tectonic layer (I think shocked) that you cannot see with the naked eye. It was sandwiched in a "concretion" -lol hates that term. I'm still trying to figure it out though. All I need is a better image. Tomorrow maybe I'll try the good ole' sun and see what I can get of it. Images taken @80x using Nikon D5500 mounted to Amscope T700A via DIGICAMCONTROL (freesource software)
  5. Beach Pebble with Fossil Imprints?

    Happy Friday! I found this very unique pebble on Casey Key Beach, Florida. It is about a 1/2"x 3/4". It has a tusk shell shape on one side and a triangular shape on the other; looking like something was replaced with quartz crystals. Does anyone know what made these impressions? Is this considered a fossil? Thanks all.
  6. Found these flat orage/red rock pieces just outside Kodachrome state Park on a ridge near Chimney Rock. Flat pieces, with the orange swirled fingerprint like texture on both sides and milky clear quartz layer like a Geode in middle layer. Any ideas what makes a pattern like that?
  7. Fossilized Wood?

    This looks very much like fossilized wood with quartz, just looking for a yes or a throw it back. I'm sure it came from a Texas quarry, but I have no idea where in Texas.
  8. Indentification please?!

    Found this near a cliff on the beach in the north east of England unsure what it is?
  9. Hi everyone this is matt again a while ago in one of the creeks in the woods around my house I found this 5 pound chunk of quartz stone here is some photos of the rock enjoy
  10. Can anyone else see the leaves?

    I have shown many people these... I believe they are leaves... Can anyone else see the overlapped leaves? Or negative images... Not your typical leaf fossil I know... Curious if anyone else can see it....
  11. Fossilized bone?

    Hello!! New to this site..... Can anyone help me to identify if this is fossilized bone?
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    From the album 2017 new additions

    From our trip this year we found a great piece..

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  13. Weekend trip

    https://youtu.be/5A0RvC18LHE Well hello everyone. It's been a while as we have been pretty busy. We took Easter Break and did our annual tour for crystals and Ammonites. Found a couple of nice ones but no big ones so far. Enjoy the video!!
  14. Granite

    From the album Calvert Cliffs - 3/7/17

    I thought these were interesting. Though not fossils they seem to be some form of metamorphic quartzite granite. I recently went through the Virginia Beach museum were an info panel said rocks from the Appalachians had shifted towards the bay over time, and helped to compose the glassy quartz based sand kernels. These rocks are evidence of their origin.
  15. Can you tell me if this is petrified wood or drusy quartz or something else? I live in St. Charles County, Missouri, and find this sparkly stuff along with fossils and geodes on my 2-3 acre steep hillside. More photos posted below as my files are too large for one post. Many thanks for your insight.
  16. ID needed - petrified bone

    Hi, I recently found very interesting part of bone with crystals in it. It would be great if someone can tell me more about it - aprox. age etc. It was found in Bulgaria, near Maritsa river. All comments would be appreciated! Have a nice day!
  17. Quartz Geode Fossil

    I found this fossil in Liberty Hill, Texas, and am hoping to determine what it is. I thought it was petrified wood at first but someone suggested coral - which would make sense as there are many shell fossils in the area. I wasn't able to find another fossil like it online, either wood or coral. It seems to be a 3" section of a twisted branch and there are a couple of areas on the outside where something seems to have been attached, maybe barnacle or lichen. The inside is lined with crystals and a bright light will show through the sides so it appears the entire fossil is quartz. Any ideas? Thanks!
  18. Hello everyone, We just received this oddly shaped rock here in the museum today, the owner is asking for help to identify it. It has 14,2cm in the longest side. It was found 7 years ago In Muzo, Boyaca a world famous site for emerald mining. The rock has symetric patterns and figures similar to teeth and eyes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muzo If you can share any idea of what it might be I would be really greatfull, Best wishes, Camilo
  19. I know this is a fossil site but i was hoping someone here may have came across something like this before and may have some info to pass on. i found this near fenton, mi near a old tree while tilling. It was a little over 20 inches deep. it is almost perfectly round very very smooth and heavy and extremely hard. When hit by my tiller it got no damage only damaged my tiller. The tiller left metalic marks on the stone. i have since used my different things to try to scratch it with no luck. everything i use just just damaged. the item weighs around 41.7 grams
  20. Druzy Quartz Crystals

    From the album Fossils in the Wild

    It appears this fossil became filled with quartz crystals. Center Hill Lake near Silver Point, Tennessee
  21. Hair In Quartz?

    I have circled the hair I can see coming out of this quartz rock, here is a few pictures to help me identify please? Found in bay It is approx. 5cm wide
  22. Does anyone know of a specific name for flint or chert nodules containing quartz-replaced fossils? Also, do these form in a particular formation or did they develop in several in the presence of dissolved quartz? i have found these in many areas around san antonio and they're my favorite to encounter. The first pic resembles tube worms to me and i have no clue what the fossils are in the second two images, but the one that appears as dozens of adjacent, long, parallel columns comes up often in my area.
  23. Rock with quartz

    From the album Laha

  24. Petrified Wood?

    Hey everyone! It's good to be back on the forums i missed you all. today i have some pictures of these two cool pieces i found on one of my adventures through an austin chalk layer here in texas. In my opinion, the surfaces of these specimens look almost like bark which led me to suspicion that perhaps these are pieces of petrified wood that have a quartz buildup in them? Since i'm still a novice i would LOVE to see what all the veterans think about what these pieces could be. I look forward to your feedback guys and thanks for looking!
  25. I finally made it back to one of the most beautiful places to look for one of my favorite fossils - Agatized Coral from the Tampa Bay area. I only had one evening and one morning to search and these are some of the smaller pieces that I have. I brought back about 50 pounds of beautiful corals- most of which I need to cut. Can't wait to see what is inside! If any of you have suggestions for cutting it properly I would love to hear your methods. We had a hammer with us but it became clear we were just shredding the coral. I am thinking of using a wet saw to get some clean cuts. If you are not familiar with it, this site does a nice job explaining it. http://raysrocksandgems.com/Withlacoochee_Coral.html
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