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I found these on a beach in Illinois in a small lens of pyritic sand. I believe they are worm tubes but not entirely sure. They are only visible under microscope and occur with pyrite framboids. So my question is, are they indeed worm tubes,  pellets, or something else? I can only assume they occur at the beach because of erosion of Silurian rocks placed there, but not sure of that either. 

 

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In this pic below, you can see partially inside the tube which features spheres of pyrite. It's my understanding can be produced by worms.

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Thanks for any help!

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Thanks for you help- looks like a good match!

 

 

 

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