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Mystery rock
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I was hunting in kentucky last week and came across an interesting rock. It looks like the infrastructure of a bee hive. I'm not a rock collector but it's pretty cool. Do you have any ideas on what it is?

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Jason:

You are right it is a fossil coral.  Here is a link to one that looks pretty similar to your's from St. Louis, Missouri.  

http://www.fossilmuseum.net/fossils/Cnidaria/Lithostrotionella-custelnaui/Lithos

It is the same type as these from Missouri.  It is Mississippian in age and is Lithostrotionella custelnaui.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=fossil+coral+Missouri&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=foss

http://www.fossilmuseum.net/Tree_of_Life/PhylumCnidaria/classanthozoa.htm

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I can answer questions concerning physical and historical geology, environmental geology/hydrology, environmental consulting, remote sensing/aerial photo interpretation, G&G computer applications, petroleum exploration, drilling, geochemistry, geochemical and microbiological prospecting, 3D reservoir modeling, computer mapping and drilling.I am not a geophysicist.

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