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Can you identify my rock or mineral?

Rocks and minerals must be examined in person from all perspectives for accurate identification; they are extremely difficult to identify through photographs. You will get the best results by taking your rock or mineral to a local source where it can be handled and examined closely. Possibilities include:

  • Your state geological survey
  • A natural science museum
  • A college or university with a geology department
  • A rockshop
  • Members of a local Gem & Mineral club or Rockhunting club (many hobbyists are experts at identification)
  • Vendors at a Gem & Mineral show

Geology professionals and hobbyists love to identify rocks!