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  1. Sounds like a heck of good ideal to me, create new jobs and fresh water too, win, win!
  2. Yeah, they are pretty, thanks. I had a lady try to buy some of these photos, she wanted to have posters made for her son's room, I ended up giving her about 20 photos. In the photos below, like above, I just crushed a small amount of pyrite and instead of placing it in an oven, I just let it run its course in a bowl at room temperature and 2 days later this is what was seen on the slide. Those structures in photos 4&5 have been found inside of crystals that I have crushed, I have no ideas as to what these things are, I agree, they look like tiny plants but why would an organic precipitate out of a pyrite acid solution? I don't want to sit here and waste space and time with a host of odd photos so this will be the last but hopefully this helps to show how strange this pyrite is, and I can assure you that it gets much stranger than this.
  3. Both crystals come from the sample in the photos below. When I first came across this stone, I thought that maybe it was sperrylite because of the odd shaped crystals in the matrix but an xrd, Raman and edx analysis all determined that it is indeed pyrite. If you can zoom in, you will notice that all of the crystals appear have different shapes. I was trying to figure out what these patterns were and see if maybe they could help explain anything about the pyrite. The crystals are extremely small, this entire stone is only about 2 inches long so most of the crystals would be measured in millimeters.
  4. I've researched pyrite and it says that the faces may be striated. I can't find anything that talks about the patterns I'm seeing here, anyone have any ideal as to what these are and are they common?
  5. I'm no scientist but what you're saying does appear to agree with what I was seeing, and I do think that you're on to something with the dendrites, I have seen them in a number of tests. In the photos below, I crushed a small amount of the pyrite, placed it on a slide and added two drops of HCI and then placed the slide in a warm oven for about ten minutes. I also did the same test but did not place it in an oven and also got loads of dendrite crystals. I have done this same test with other pyrite, and I get nothing close to these results at all.
  6. In this first test I placed a small amount of pyrite in a spoon and heated it on a stove. I got a blue flame and was left with a small amount of reddish material. I placed the reddish material on a slide and added a couple of drops of hydrochloric acid and saw no immediate reaction. When I looked at the solution about an hour later, I saw several tiny, transparent-like flakes. It was 24 hours later before I checked on it again and saw a lot of things that I have no ideal as to what I was looking at. Photo #1 shows reddish material in acid, photo #2 shows the tiny flakes and the rest shows what happened after 24 hours. I've done a number of acid test on this pyrite and even when you crush it and add acid, there is no fizz, it just creates bubbles, some rise to the top but most will just sink to the bottom of the solutions.
  7. As of now no one can even say for sure what this specimen is, I just thought by taking the official route that would help to figure it out. Yes, I can name it myself, but it would be nice to know what it is I'm naming.
  8. Have an odd piece of pyrite that I was doing some acid testing on, and I've gotten some really strange acid test results. I purchased some other pyrite so I could compare note and the results are a world apart. There is no way I can explain what I saw with words, but I do have pictures, so would it be cool to post and share them on here?
  9. Wow. loads of good info here, thanks for all the great answers, I've learned a lot here. I will indeed google this question about Venus, thanks.
  10. I guess lack of knowledge would stop me for the most part. I have one specimen that I've shown to a number of scientists, and they can't say what species it is so how am I to figure out what the correct species or genius is?
  11. The oceans it would seem have a lot of weight that bare down on the Earth's crust, what effect if any do this have on the crust? Also, did the oceans play a role in the creation of the Earth's tectonic plates?
  12. For what it's worth, I do believe that this could be right. You know, I never really gave much thought about when the moon was a lot closer to Earth but I think you're on to something here.
  13. I don't have a clue as to what these things really are, but I will take any info that I can get. I don't want to make this pyrite out to be something that it isn't but, there's a lot of strange things about it, like this little piece of metal. It was found inside of a crystal, folded in half. I was told that it had to be a platinum or silver flake. I came across a scientist at the USGS that was curious about some of this stuff, so I sent this metal and a couple other strange items to be examined. They said that the metal is pure aluminum and that they could not explain this, and the other items could not be identified. I don't want to bore people with this stuff but I'm learning a lot of new stuff here. I have had an edx, xrf, xrd and Raman analysis done on this stone, there has been over 27 different elements detected in this pyrite. I'm learning a lot on here so hopefully I can share more and learn more. Thanks for the article about pyrite wall tube structures, this helps a lot.
  14. Because of their metallic look I never thought about organic but that could be right. I don't want to sit here and waste peoples' time with a bunch of strange photos but I'm learning a lot of new stuff here. I'm no scientist so I might be wrong, but it would appear that there is something totally wrong with the chemistry of this pyrite. At the microscopic level this pyrite is just littered with all sorts of strange things, below is a photo and scan results of a tube-like item.
  15. Have a piece of pyrite that is littered with a host of strange microscopic structures, the ones shown here in these photos have been found in a several different configurations. What's really strange about some of these structures is that if you dissolve some of this pyrite in acid, some of these structures will precipitate out of the solution. I have shown these to a number of scientists, but no one can say for sure what they are or why they form in the acid solution.
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