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Quartz
Quartz  
I'm wondering what the rock on the left is, I believe it may be a quartz rock, it's really fine and hard.  To compare on the right there is what I belive is a quartz crystal but not so fine or hard.

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Hi Petes,
It's a bit hard to tell from the pic, but I think you are right. It looks very fine grained and, more importantly, I think I can see a light reflecting on the surface. If there is, and without more information or seeing it directly, I'd have to agree the rock is probably quartz.

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Bob  

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C. Robert Reszka, Jr.

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I can answer any general geology question (rocks, minerals, stratigraphy, geomorphology etc.). My expertise is in the geology of the Michigan Basin, PreCambrian, Paleozoic and Recent. I can answer questions concerning mining and petroleum exploration and production and the laws concerning those activities. I can also answer questions concerning stratigraphy of the Michigan Basin. I will also answer questions about mineral and rock collecting in the Basin. I won`t be able to answer many specific questions on hydrology, geophysics or geochemistry. I may be able to answer very general questions in those venues.

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I have been working for the State of Michigan for 36 years as a Geologist and a Resource Analyst. I have experience with Subsurface Geology and Petroleum Geology, mining in Michigan, and Sand Dune Mining and Protection issues.

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Decade of North American Geology.
Bedrock Geology of Michigan

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