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Technically a rock, not a mineral, being composed largely of tiny grains of quartz or chalcedony. It is usually rather pure, with few other minerals involved, often dark. The term is sometimes used synonimously for chert, sometimes as a type of of chert (being a chert concretion).
The flint nodules found in limestones and marls are concretions.

Used to manufacture stone tools in prehistoric times.

Classification of Flint

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Other Names for Flint

Other Languages:
German:Feuerstein
Simplified Chinese:燧石

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Health Warning:Quartz is usually quite harmless unless broken or powdered. Flint may have razor-sharp edges that can easily cut skin and flesh. Handle with care. Do not grind dry since long-term exposure to finely ground powder may lead to silicosis.

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  • Localities for Flint

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Australia
     
    • South Australia
      • South East - Limestone Coast
    • Victoria
      • Lorne
    Austria
     
    • Lower Austria
      • Waldviertel
        • Lichtenau im Waldviertel
    Huber, S. and Huber, P. (1977): Mineral-Fundstellen Band 8: Oberösterreich, Niederösterreich und Burgenland. C. Weise Verlag, München, 270 pp. (in German)
        • Vitis
    Erwin Löffler collection
    Azerbaijan
     
    • Göygöl District (Hanlar)
    Pavel M. Kartashov data
    Belgium
     
    • Liège Province
      • Eben-Emael
    found by FdW
    http://www.strahlen.org/vp/be/romontbos/
      • Visé
        • Pietersberg
    Frank de Wit collection
    • Limburg Province
      • 's-Gravenvoeren
    Karel Bal Collection
      • Kanne
    Frank de Wit collection
    Frank de Wit collection
    Frank de Wit collection
      • Riemst
        • Zichen Zussen Bolder
    found by FdW
    Bolivia
     
    • Cochabamba Department
      • Esteban Arce Province
    specimens collected by Alfredo Petrov, Richard Dale, Amir Akhavan.
    China
     
    • Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
      • Baise Prefecture
        • Longlin Co.
    Zuijin Lin (2007): Sci-Tech Information Development & Economy 17(25), 172-173
    • Hunan Province
      • Changsha Prefecture
        • Liuyang Co.
          • Yonghe
    Ruishi Yang and Wenguang Li (2001): Geology of Chemical Minerals 23(1), 25-30
    • Shaanxi Province
      • Shangluo Prefecture
        • Shanyang Co.
    Lianxiao Yuan, Tao Ren, Ying Li, and Zhongping Fan (2007): Geology and Prospecting 43(5), 68-73
    • Sichuan Province
      • Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture
        • Ningnan Co.
          • Quezhushan Pb-Zn ore field
    Guibing Dan, Dahong Yang, and Shiri Shen (2007): Acta Geologica Sichuan 27(2), 96-98
    • Xinjiang Autonomous Region
      • Bayin'gholin Autonomous Prefecture (Bayingolin Autonomous Prefecture; Bayinguoleng Autonomous Prefecture)
        • Ruoqiang Co. (Qakilik Co.; Chaqiliq Co.)
          • Baigan Lake (Baigan Hu)
            • Baiganhu W-Sn ore field
    Guizhong Liu, Hongmao Li, Jusheng Wang, Tianmin Zhang, and Chengyin Song (2007): Xinjiang Geology 25(2), 169-173
    Cyprus
     
    • Famagusta District (Ammochostos District; Gazimağusa District)
    Prüfer, P. (2010): Mineralien der Insel Zypern. Der Aufschluss 61, 97-106. (in German)
    Denmark
     
    • Midtjylland Region
      • Norddjurs
    Collection of Peter Andresen.
      • Randers
    "Amir Akhavan" collection
      • Viborg
        • Stoholm
    bert de ruiter
    • Nordjylland Region
      • Aalborg
        • Aalborg
    Torben Kjeldgård specimen
    France
     
    • Limousin
      • Corrèze
        • Lostanges
          • Endougat
    TREILLARD Michel collection
    • Midi-Pyrénées
      • Lot
        • Cajarc
    Ref: Inventoire mineralogique de la France no.10 - Bureau de Recherches Geologiques en Minieres, 1982, ISBN 2-7159-0012-0
    • Nord-Pas-de-Calais
      • Pas-de-Calais
    Paul De Bondt.
    • Upper Normandy
      • Seine-Maritime
    Christian Bracke Collection
    F. Périnet collection
    Germany
     
    • Bavaria
      • Swabia
        • Nördlinger Ries crater
          • Nördlingen
            • Holheim
    S. Weiß: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
    • Brandenburg
      • Großräschen
        • Saalhausen
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
      • Lübbenau
        • Calau
          • Plieskendorf
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
    • Lower Saxony
      • Lüneburg
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", 2001
    • Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
      • Rostock
        • Bad Doberan
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
      • Stralsund
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
    • Saxony
      • Grimma
        • Bad Lausick
    Lüttich, M. (2008): Änderungen von Fundmöglichkeiten auf Lesesteinfeldern am Beispiel Ebersbach bei Bad Lausick in Sachsen, Der Aufschluss, Vol. 59, 201-207
    • Schleswig-Holstein
      • Brunsbüttel
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
      • Eckernförde
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
      • Elmshorn
        • Barmstedt
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
      • Fehmarn Island
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
    Amir C. Akhavan collection
    Markus Gerstmann - Collection
      • Itzehoe
        • Lägerdorf
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
      • Lübeck
        • Travemünde
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
      • Oldenburg
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
      • Schwarzenbek
        • Groß Pampau
    A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
    Italy
     
    • Calabria
      • Reggio Calabria Province
        • Canolo
    Lovisato D.(1881). Cenni critici sulla preistoria calabrese. Reale Accademia dei Lincei, Serie 3°, Vol.IX. 1-29 (abstract). Roma
    • Veneto
      • Vicenza Province
        • Valdagno
          • Novale
            • Contrada Rossati di Sotto
    personaly found by Mr. Gianfranco Capolupi
    Malta
    www.geocities.com/RainForest/3096/mineral.html (in the Globigerina limestone strata)
    Netherlands
     
    • Limburg
      • Bemelen
    found by FdW
      • Cadier en Keer
    T.G. Nijland, J.C. Zwaan, D. Visser, J. Leloux - De mineralen van Nederland - 2007
      • Epen
        • Terziet
    Felder, W.M., & Bosch, P.W.; Krijt van Zuid-Limburg, TNO., 2000
      • Houthem
    Buurman et al (1975) in 'Geologie en Mijnbouw'
        • Geulhem
    Leon Hupperichs Collection
      • Maastricht
        • Pietersberg
    findings Frank de Wit
    T.G. Nijland, J.C. Zwaan, D. Visser, J. Leloux - De mineralen van Nederland - 2007
      • Sibbe
    Leon Hupperichs Collection
    found september 2005 by Frank de Wit.
      • Valkenburg
        • Oud-Valkenburg
    Leon Hupperichs Collection
    Poland
     
    • Małopolskie
      • Kraków
        • Dębniki
    Personally collected by Piotr Zając in 2008
    Personally collected by Zając Piotr in 2008-2014
    • Opolskie
    Kornaga Collection
    • Podlaskie
    Eligiusz Szełęg collection
    • Świętokrzyskie
      • Opatów
        • Ożarów
    http://www.flintsource.net/flint/PL_band.html
    Portugal
     
    • Lisbon District
      • Sintra
        • Algueirão - Mem Martins
    Rui Nunes Jan 2012
    • Setúbal District
      • Barreiro
        • Barreiro
    Martins da Pedra collection
    Romania
     
    • Hunedoara Co.
    Primics, G. (1886): Das Vorkommen der derben Quarzvarietäten bei Tekerő. Földtani Közlöny, 16, 347-353.
    Russia
     
    • Central Region
      • Moscow Oblast' (Moskovskaya Oblast')
    Pavel M. Kartashov data
    • North-Western Region
      • Kaliningradskaya Oblast'
        • Yantarny (Jantarny; Palmnicken)
          • Primorskoe amber deposit (Pal'mnickenskoe)
    Pavel M. Kartashov data
    Spain
     
    • Catalonia
      • Tarragona
        • Priorat
    Ref.: Aufschluss 1974(4), 220-223
    • Madrid
      • Getafe
    Angel Ortiz Maellas specimen; Jiménez Martínez, R., González Laguna, R., Lozano Fernández, R.P., Paradas Herrero, Á., Baeza Chico, E., Torres Matilla, M.J. y Cabrera Andonaegui, B. 2013. Colección de Minerales de las Comunidades y Ciudades Autónomas del Museo Geominero: Catálogo de la Comunidad de Madrid. Cuadernos del Museo Geominero, 16, publicación en CD-ROM.
    Jiménez Martínez, R., González Laguna, R., Lozano Fernández, R.P., Paradas Herrero, Á., Baeza Chico, E., Torres Matilla, M.J. y Cabrera Andonaegui, B. 2013. Colección de Minerales de las Comunidades y Ciudades Autónomas del Museo Geominero: Catálogo de la Comunidad de Madrid. Cuadernos del Museo Geominero, 16, publicación en CD-ROM.
      • Madrid
        • Vallecas
    Ruishi Yang and Wenguang Li (2001): Geology of Chemical Minerals 23(1), 25-30
    • Valencian Community
      • Valencia
    MTI Mineralogía Topográfica Ibérica, 2008
    Sweden
     
    • Skåne
      • Eslöv
        • Odarslöv
    Bergskollegiums collection # 18572804, The Swedish Museum of Natural History
      • Helsingborg
    The Swedish Museum of Natural History, Bergskollegiums collection # 18572958
      • Höganäs
    Swedish Nat.Musuem
      • Kristianstad
        • Fjälkinge
    Swedish Nat.Musuem. Hjalmar Sjögren coll.
      • Landskrona
    Swedish Nat.Musuem
    Swedish Nat.Musuem
      • Lomma
    Swedish Nat.Musuem
    Swedish Nat.Musuem
    Swedish Natural Museum collection
      • Malmö
    Bergström, J.& N.A.Shaikh SGU Rapp. Medd. 31,1982
        • Södra Sallerup
    Swedish Nat.Musuem
      • Vellinge
    The Swedish Museum of Natural History, Bergskollegiums collection # 18572847
    Switzerland
     
    • Jura
      • Pleigne
        • Löwenburg
    Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz. Wepf (Basel), p. 105.
    • Solothurn
      • Olten
    Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz. Wepf (Basel), p. 105.
    Turkey
     
    • Marmara Region
      • Balikesir Province
        • Biga peninsula
    UK
     
    • England
      • Cornwall
    Collins, J.H. (1892): "A Handbook to the Mineralogy of Cornwall and Devon", 2nd ed., D. Bradford Barton Ltd. (Truro, UK), pp. 108.
        • Mount's Bay District
    Collins, J.H. (1892): "A Handbook to the Mineralogy of Cornwall and Devon", 2nd ed., D. Bradford Barton Ltd. (Truro, UK), pp. 108.
        • St Just District
          • Sennen
    Collins, J.H. (1892): "A Handbook to the Mineralogy of Cornwall and Devon", 2nd ed., D. Bradford Barton Ltd. (Truro, UK), pp. 108.
      • Devon
        • North Devon
    Hall, T.M. (1868): The Mineralogist's Directory. Edward Stanford (London), 168 pp.
      • Hertfordshire
        • Hemel Hampstead
    Hall, T.M. (1868): The Mineralogist's Directory. Edward Stanford (London), 168 pp.
      • Kent
    Hall, T.M. (1868): The Mineralogist's Directory. Edward Stanford (London), 168 pp.
    Jolyon Ralph collection
        • Shepway
    Hall, T.M. (1868): The Mineralogist's Directory. Edward Stanford (London), 168 pp.
      • Norfolk
        • Cromer
    Martin Stolworthy Collection
    Hall, T.M. (1868): The Mineralogist's Directory. Edward Stanford (London), 168 pp.
      • Suffolk
    Foster, Clement La Neve "Treatise on Ore and Stone Mining" London 1905
    Foster, Clement La Neve "Treatise on Ore and Stone Mining" London 1905
      • West Sussex
    Lloyd Van Duzen specimen
    Ukraine
     
    • Crimea Oblast'
      • Crimea peninsula
        • Belogorsk area
    Alexander I. Tischenko (1996). Minerals of the Crimea. - World of stones, 1996, #9, p.9 - 18.
    USA
     
    • Colorado
      • Chaffee Co.
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
      • Pitkin Co.
        • Aspen District (Roaring Fork District)
          • Aspen
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
    • Connecticut
      • Fairfield Co.
        • Stamford
    Ryerson (1972): Rock Hound's Guide to Conn.; Henderson, William, A., Jr. (1967), A Copper Analog of Laurium, Greece. Rocks & Minerals: 42(5): 273-276.
      • Middlesex Co.
    Davis, James W. (1901): The Minerals of Haddam, Conn. Mineral Collector, v. 8, no. 4, pp. 50-54, and no. 5, pp. 65-70.
      • New Haven Co.
    Sohon, 1951. Connecticut Minerals
    Samuel Robinson (1825) A Catalogue of American Minerals, with their localities. Boston
    • Florida
      • Marion Co.
        • Ocala
    Rocks & Min.: 14:77-78.
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • Georgia
      • Burke Co.
    Minerals of Georgia: Their properties and occurrences. Robert Cook GGWRD Bull 92
      • Dougherty Co.
    Wikipedia - Albany
    Wikipedia - Albany
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom- 1974
    • Indiana
      • Crawford Co.
    Erd, R. C. and S.S. Greenburg (1960) Minerals of Indiana. Indiana Geological Survey Bulletin 18 73pp
    Erd, R. C. and S.S. Greenburg (1960) Minerals of Indiana. Indiana Geological Survey Bulletin 18 73pp
    • Iowa
      • Henry Co.
    MacFall, 1951. Gem Hunter's Guide, 1st ed.
    • Kentucky
      • Barren Co.
    Rocks & Minerals 81:420-440
    Rocks & Minerals 81:420-440
      • Bell Co.
    Rocks & Minerals 81:420-440
      • Breckinridge Co.
    Rocks & Minerals 81:420-440
      • Carter Co.
    Rocks & Minerals 81:420-440
      • Christian Co.
    Rocks & Minerals 81:420-440
      • Hardin Co.
    Rocks & Minerals 81:420-440
      • Letcher Co.
    Rocks & Minerals 81:420-440
      • Menifee Co.
    Alan Goldstein (2006) Kentucky Mineral Locality Index. Rocks & Minerals 81:420-440
      • Pike Co.
    Alan Goldstein (2006) Kentucky Mineral Locality Index. Rocks & Minerals 81:420-440
      • Trigg Co.
    Alan Goldstein (2006) Kentucky Mineral Locality Index. Rocks & Minerals 81:420-440
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • Maryland
    Gems and Minerals of America - Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • Michigan
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • Mississippi
    Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, Jan. 2004
    • Missouri
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974,Gems and Minerals of America
    • Nebraska
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974,Gems and Minerals of America
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974,Gems and Minerals of America
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974,Gems and Minerals of America
    • New Jersey
      • Hunterdon Co.
    The Minerals of NYC & Its Environs, NY Min. Club Bull. Vol. 3, No. 1, Manchester, J.G. (1931): 69.
    • New York
      • Genesee Co.
        • Indian Falls
    Prisch, Betty C. (1976) The Divers Lake Quarry Site.New York State Archaeological Association Bulletin 66:8-18
      • Greene Co.
        • Coxsackie
    Rocks & Minerals 82:472-483
    • North Dakota
      • Dunn Co.
    Southwestern Minnesota archaeology: 12,000 years in the Prairie Lake Region By Scott F. Anfinson
      • Mercer Co.
    Ransom, 1974. Gems and Minerals of America
    • Ohio
      • Adams Co.
        • Peebles
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
      • Coshocton Co.
        • Jefferson township
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
      • Hocking Co.
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
      • Holmes Co.
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
      • Jackson Co.
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
      • Jefferson Co.
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
      • Lawrence Co.
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
      • Licking Co.
    Donald L. Biggs, Geological Society of America. North-Central Section, Decade of North American Geology Project p 415
    John Krygier data.
      • Mahoning Co.
        • Smith township
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
      • Morgan Co.
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
        • Dillon Falls
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
        • Hopewell township
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
      • Perry Co.
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
        • Pike township
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
      • Vinton Co.
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
    Minerals of Ohio Bull. 69 ODNR
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • Rhode Island
      • Newport Co.
    Miller, 1972. Minerals of Rhode Island.
    • Tennessee
    Zeitner ,1968. Appalachian Mineral & Gem Trails
    Rocks & Minerals Vol. 86, No. 4 Jul/Aug 2011
      • White Co.
    Travis A. Paris (2011) Tennessee mineral locality index. Rocks & Minerals, 86, #4, 300-328.
    • Texas
      • Donley Co.
        • Clarendon area
    Self-Collected In August 2005 by David Aldridge and Wayne Aldridge
      • Live Oak Co.
    R. Maxwell (1962) Mineral Resources of South Texas. UT Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 43
      • Potter Co.
    Amir Akhavan
    • Utah
      • Utah Co.
        • Pelican Point area
    Collection of Alex earl
    • West Virginia
      • Grant Co.
    Johnson, 1960. Source Book for the Rock & Mineral Collector.
    James L. Murphy, "The Aboriginal Use of Fresh-water Monongahela Chert in Ohio and West Virginia," Ohio Archaeologist 26, no. 2 (spring 1976): 23-26.
    • Wisconsin
    Gems and Minerals of America - Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    Gems and Minerals of America - Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    Gems and Minerals of America - Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • Wyoming
      • Platte Co.
        • Hartville District
    USGS Bull 315
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