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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2017 04:55    Post subject: what is it?  

this is from montana can you please tell me what it is?


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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2017 05:56    Post subject: Re: what is it?  

As you are a new user you can't be faulted for not being familiar with the "rules" which are probably more like guidelines. When submitting something like photos, it is standard practice to always provide as much information as possible, thereby greatly improving the prospects of getting meaningful responses. You are welcome to post identification requests about mineral specimens on FMF, but if you want us to help you there are a few tests you should do and information you should provide. It will help us a lot and you'll learn a lot as well:

1 - Read the Asking: "What is this? / Where is it from?" topic. It contains information about basic tests. These tests are very important in identifying a mineral. Without them, our guesses might be meaningless as different minerals look the same in photos. The motto is: the more accurate the information, the better the answer. And please do not neglect to state the locality where the specimen was found, this is a great help in suggesting an identification.

2 - Then, read A general guide for using the Forum with some rules and tips It contains posting tips and a few basic rules about FMF we invite you to follow. Regular members do this. In your doing it too, you'll quickly be considered as a member of our friendly community.

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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2017 06:36    Post subject: Re: what is it?  

On October 1st, BIGROCKS posted several examples looking for identification. A couple of the posted examples were very similar, or identical (!), to the example posted now.

For that earlier posting, the consensus opinion of the respondents was that all the examples were glass or glass slag. I suggest that the viewers check out his earlier posting. BOB
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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2017 08:53    Post subject: Re: what is it?  

Bob, we gave him the WRONG answer! So he has tried again. Still man-made glass (I do wonder how often this stuff is uranium glass)
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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2017 15:39    Post subject: Re: what is it?  

thank you very much for the guidance but I am new at this and I'm confused. I was told that glass will not scratch a quartz crystal, which I am sure I could have been misinformed but this does scratch quartz and quartz does not scratch this. I`ve taken a nail file to it and it slides right over it. so if you could give me some other tests that aren't too difficult I would really appreciate it, thanks
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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2017 16:33    Post subject: Re: what is it?  

You are asking for more tests to do. Did you read the Asking: "What is this? / Where is it from?" section (link above). It does not seem like you have, but maybe i am wrong. We generally want to help people with their questions but something seems strange when you ask the question once, get an answer that you didn't like, and then ask again without providing any additional information. I suggest that you read everything we have already told you, really ask yourself if you have anything new to help with the ID of your rock (or slag), and then ask another question when you really have something new to add. Alternately, you might consider that we have told you everything we can and go elsewhere with additional questions. If I were you, and i really cared about IDing this rock, i would find someone local to show it to, someone at a rock shop, a rock/mineral/geology club, or at a school with a geology department.
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