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Please tell me what this rock is.

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First how do I upload photos to this web site?

I would like to know what this rock is. I dont know much about minerals but I am learning. When held up to the light it looks like it has bugs fossilized in it. But like I said I have no idea. Thank you for you help and have a wonderful day!

asked Jan 27, 2014 by BLONDIEZ (180 points)

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There is a picture icon (next to to the numbers 101 010) above where you type where you can upload a photo.

This page describes what a rock and what a mineral is: http://www.minerals.net/resource/What_Is_A_Mineral.aspx

Send a picture of your photo with the bugs fossilized so we can look at it.

answered Jan 31, 2014 by hershel (52,800 points)
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Here are some pictures

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answered Feb 3, 2014 by BLONDIEZ (180 points)

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answered Feb 4, 2014 by hershel (52,800 points)
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You don't say where these specimens were found. They appear to be river rounded pebbles and cobbles of carnelian, a quartz semi-precious stone commonly found around the world. What you thought were bugs are defects and inclusions in the rock that were there when it was formed. Carnelian commonly forms in cavities in basalt and rhyolite from cryptocrystalline quartz with iron molecules for color. It was formed in a low temperature metamorphic environment buried far below the surface of the earth.

answered Feb 11, 2014 by stonesinger (720 points)
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Very hard to answer but look like agate or some kind of jadite.

answered Mar 15, 2014 by ahmad (1,260 points)
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Ok I see the pictures now. On backlight it shows translucency, which would rule out jasper which is opaque. Though no certain determination can be made without physical tests, from a visual identification it looks most like carnelian with black internal inclusions. For the possibility of it being amber, this can be easily determined by hardness. Try scratching it with a knife. If the knife scratches, then it is too soft to be carnelian and amber would be a viable possibility. If it doesn't scratch it, its most likely carnelian.

answered Mar 17, 2014 by hershel (52,800 points)
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Looking at the pictures below, it looks like carnelian to me. Those bug shapes probably are just mineral plumes inside the rock.
answered Aug 4, 2018 by linkisnotzelda (5,390 points)