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I am looking for information in determining and identification the type of stones and rocks witch are giving to me to identify at my work. for example I'm given a kind of stone that is said it is marble and I should test it and confirm or reject it. other type of stones that are sending to me include granite, dolomite, travertine ,...
please help me in finding easiest and simplest and cheapest ways of testing them and identifying their nature.

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Rock is aggregate of mineral-Any natural cut into required size is called as stones
Identification of rocks on the basis visual -recognition of minerals
Granite consists of quartz and feldspars-u have to identify minerals next only possible to determine it is granite or not
Marble or limestone put few droprs of dil Hydrochloric acid it will reacts gives effervensess-it indcate presence of calcite minerals
Basalt composes of fe mg minerals
Required field train to identify minerals/rocks
Rad more from basic books-minerallogy petrology
Prof DVREDDY-Editor in chief IJEE-India


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Dr D.Venkat Reddy


Engineering Geology,Mining geology,commercial petrology,Decorative and dimensional stones,Hydrogeology


20years texhing and reserch expireience in geology,enginnering geology for graduate and undergraduate students-reserch guidance,10years field exoireience conducting field camps for geology students=Presently Assistant professor in geolog

NITK-National Institute of Technology,Surathkal,Mangalore-DK,India Geology section Dept of Civil Engineering

published 70 research papers.( 4 books)- Editor in Chief-International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering -1.Engineering Geology for civil Engineers-oxford &IBH pub-1996] 2.Decorative and dimensional stones of India-CBS Pub-1997 3.Engineering Geology-Vikaspublishers2010 4.Applied Geology-Vikaspub-2010

MSC(GEOLOGY),Osmania university,India, MSC(Tech )Hydrogeology,OU,India PhD(GEOLOGY)OU,India

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Distinguishing Indian Award Editor in chief-International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering (

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PRESENTLY WORKING =Professor of Geology-Dept of Civil Engineering NITK-INDIA

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