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I have a large rock, 10-15 or so lbs. from Southern California that is white with a pinkish center. I think it might be Rose Quartz. How can I find pout what it is?

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Hi Jan,
Your best beet to find out what you have is to take it to the Geology Department of your local university.  They are glad to help.  You might also contact a local rock club.  I have found that collectors can be very knowledgeable about local geology and mineral specimens.  This site;

http://www.rockhounds.com/rockshop/clublist.shtml

lists rock clubs by state.  You might find one close to you.

Hope this helps.
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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Michigan Basin Geological Society

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Decade of North American Geology.
Bedrock Geology of Michigan

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BS Wayne State University

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