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Found 31 results

  1. Big Hill (KY) geology and fossil expedition 11-2-2019 video link Kentucky Academy of Science Saturday afternoon activity: Quartz infilling identified by Dr. Frank Ettensohn, expedition host Stylolites identified by Dr. Frank Ettensohn Archimedes bryozoan identified by Mr. Daniel J. Phelps Mr. Phelps describes crinoid, brachiopod (Composita) and modern isopods=pill bugs or rolly pollies Crinoid stem columnals described by Darrell Barnes in rock detritus collection site (Mark Montgomery interacts) Dr. Frank Ettensohn identifies the spine of a crinoid by Darrell Barnes
  2. Quartz on fossil bone?

    This weekend as I was out rockhounding for quartz crystals I found this interesting piece. It looks very much like bone to me. Any insight or information would be appreciated. I will add more pics in the comment section. Thank you!
  3. Quartz fossil

    Hi, I found some interesting rocks in some gravel near downtown Indianapolis. Photo with the ruler is in inches, sorry to the rest of the world. Thanks in advance!
  4. A fossil hunt for. . . geodes?

    Sometimes, when you go on a fossil hunt, you find more than just fossils. Some friends and I traveled to southeastern Iowa in Spring '18 to scour the Mississippian for fossils, but while there, we noticed that many of the homes that we drove by sported geodes in their front yards. Intrigued, we decided to investigate for ourselves. As it turns out, the area is well-known for its geodes (Iowa's state rock is the geode), so we promptly decided that we had to collect some for ourselves. We eventually found a privately owned piece of property where we could fill a bucket with geodes for about $20, descended upon a stream cutting into the bedrock, and filled a bucket in short order. Then, on a return trip to Iowa a month later, we found another outcrop of geodes along the Mississippi River. Once again, we collected handfuls. Then, once we got back, we split them with a geode cracker. They varied in quality; some were stunningly beautiful, and others were less so. They were filled with all manner of minerals: some had chalcedony fillings; others had quartz crystals, and still others had minerals that I didn't recognize. The colors varied, too: pink, white, light blue, red, and brown. As it turns out, we were a little overzealous in our efforts; we collected about 50 pounds of rocks. We've given them away to as many friends would like them and have only just now run out of them a year later. Pictured below is a fraction of the haul. If you happen to find yourself in this neck of the woods, then remember: the Osagean of Iowa and Illinois has more than just crinoids. If you would like more information on them, where you can hunt for them, or even the annual Geode Fest, then check out this link. http://keokukiowatourism.org/geodes/index.php
  5. After putting my fossils in vinegar to remove the limestone, I have found they are all diamond-like with great detail. I think it is quartz. Is this normal? This is mid-devonian coral. Thanks for your help!
  6. Beach agate, possible bivalve?

    I found this on a rocky beach in West Seattle. Looks to be pretty transparent with a bit of banding. I assume it's just geological, but based on the size and shape I guess it could maybe be a bivalve fossil? SG is 2.61
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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)
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. Indentification please?!

    Found this near a cliff on the beach in the north east of England unsure what it is?
  15. 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
  16. 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....
  17. 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..

    © Highland Designs 2017

  19. 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!!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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!
  24. 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
  25. 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
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