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NathanD

What kind of rock is this?

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At its longest point, it's about the size of a baseball's diameter. Found it sitting on a railing while I was taking a walk on a river trail near me and thought it looked really interesting :D

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3 hours ago, LaurieAG said:

Probably some form of Obsidian.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsidian

Or a large tektite? 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tektite

3 hours ago, NathanD said:

Found it sitting on a railing while I was taking a walk on a river trail near me and thought it looked really interesting :D

My guess would be that it was placed there by human hands who also thought it was an interesting rock. :-) 

 

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Some sort of Obsidian/Shiest conglomerate?  How would THAT be possible?  Interesting "bubble craters".  Or are they impact artifacts? 

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23 hours ago, DrP said:

There is one way to find out DrP, from the tektite link.

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The difference in water content can be used to distinguish tektites from terrestrial volcanic glasses. When heated to their melting point, terrestrial volcanic glasses turn into a foamy glass because of their content of water and other volatiles. Unlike terrestrial volcanic glass, a tektite produces only a few bubbles at most when heated to its melting point, because of its much lower water and other volatiles content.

 

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5 minutes ago, LaurieAG said:

There is one way to find out DrP, from the tektite link

Yea -thanks.  From the same link it also mentions about phenocryst content which can be assessed visually apparently... They are still obsidians though like you suggested in the first reply.  I can't tell from the photo if the lighter areas on the black rock are just chips and marks or actual phenocrysts.

 

On ‎1‎/‎9‎/‎2019 at 5:54 AM, NathanD said:

Found it sitting on a railing while I was taking a walk on a river trail near me

Are there similar rocks in the area? I guess you could also get a geological map of the area to see what sort of rocks you would expect to find to see if it fits with anything know to be common there.  

 

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