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Mineral Find 4/10/14


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This mineral i haven't identified yet. Perhaps it is an evaporative minerial, but really that's just a guess, i have no idea what it is. It's not brittle of fragile, can be handled roughly without any crystals breaking off.

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I agree with lordpiney...selenite. Josh, you got alot goin' on in your locality...treasure that place!

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Id say either Selenite, or Calcite.

I've been looking hard, and i haven't been able to find a photo of either mineral that exactly matches this specimens crystal structure. Still looking....

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I agree with lordpiney...selenite. Josh, you got alot goin' on in your locality...treasure that place!

Hey PFOOLEY! Man, it's hard to keep up w/ all the different projects i got going...but you're right,i treasure every second out there searching for the next great thing. :)

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Hi,

OK for selenite (= gypsum).

Coco

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OUTIL POUR MESURER VOS FOSSILES : ici

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Well hey there Coco. :) Got 3 votes for Selenite, guess it will probably be that.

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Selenite gypsum is soft (a Moh's hardness of only two). So, if you can scratch a crystal with your fingernail it probably is selenite. If, however, you can not scratch it with your fingernail, it is something else. From the photos, the crystals look bladed and resemble celestite or barite or it may even be quartz. It's important to determine the hardness as that can strongly point to selenite or, if harder, lead to something else.

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A crystal scrathed w/ my fingernail, Selenite it is. Thanks for the help & support everyone. :)

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