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    conglomarate of rock

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ID:	1610812Here is a rock I found in a river, I believe it is a conglomarate of iron crystals and other minerals, has anyone seen a rock like this and I would be very interested to find out how it was formed, thankyou.

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    That is very interesting, I've seen a lot of rocks and I have no idea.

    Looks like slag or some kind of igneous rock that cooled before all the rocks it intruded into melted. I'm just throwing out wild guesses.
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    If it's iron it would attract a magnet. The cubic crystal forms suggest pyrite or galena crystals. The color of the cubes may indicate oxidized galena in sandstone or mudstone. IMHO.
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    Very interesting rock find!
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    looks really. cool
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    Definitely pyrite (iron sulfide) crystals in a slate matrix. Here's a sample freshly broken from the host rock:

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    Your sample is particularly cool though as that's the first I've seen as a river rock. The water action wore away the slate faster than the pyrite leaving distinct crystals with just a little edge smoothing. That's a great display piece you found!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paleomaxx View Post
    Definitely pyrite (iron sulfide) crystals in a slate matrix. Here's a sample freshly broken from the host rock:

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    Your sample is particularly cool though as that's the first I've seen as a river rock. The water action wore away the slate faster than the pyrite leaving distinct crystals with just a little edge smoothing. That's a great display piece you found!
    Defintely? Wow. The example you post does not resemble the OP's.
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    Agree, mudstone.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kray Gelder View Post
    If it's iron it would attract a magnet. The cubic crystal forms suggest pyrite or galena crystals. The color of the cubes may indicate oxidized galena in sandstone or mudstone. IMHO.

 

 

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