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Beach find in Washington State, USA


parelex

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Wondering if I can get some insight on what, if anything, this might be. I found it along the beach with glacial buff deposits on Camano Island, Washington State, USA. Thanks in advance!

 

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What kinds of things does one look for in a rock like this to lean towards fossil or geologic?  Thanks.

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rephrased question
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Welcome to TFF from Austria!

 

10 minutes ago, Entropy said:

I am an amateur but trying to learn.

Great! You found the right place!

 

11 minutes ago, Entropy said:

Could you say why you think its geologic

Sometimes this is a tricky task.

I am unsure, too, and the original answer contains the important word "believe". It could be petrified wood, but it could also be some kind of schist or some kind of speleothem in its widest sense. Or something completely different. Nothing really "snaps in" for me.

Maybe other members more familiar with the area recognize it.

Sorry, now better news at the moment from the other side of the world ;).
Franz Bernhard

 

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8 hours ago, Entropy said:

What kinds of things does one look for in a rock like this to lean towards fossil or geologic?  Thanks.

I guess for me the simple answer is does it resemble animal or plant parts. In the first photo, the way the grain of the rock goes every which way and the look where it fractured leans me towards geologic origins. I "think" I've found rock like this in California. At least it looks very similar. This is why I said "I believe". I would actually bet money on it..... though not more then $2.47 :thumbsu: So much of what we think is based off of previous experiences and guesswork.

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I appreciate all the insight! Lots of glacial till along these beaches, so plenty of rocks from every source can be found, but also sometimes folks get lucky finding bits of mammoth tusk and teeth and other Pleistocene animals, was hoping I got lucky with a chunk of "something" from one of them.

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2 hours ago, parelex said:

hoping I got lucky with a chunk of "something" from one of them

Never stop looking! Only way to find the good stuff. Good luck!

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