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Identity HelpRocks from afghan

23rd Aug 2019 17:54 BSTjose burell

I keep seeing lots of shiny rocks. Anyone have some idea? I am deployed to Afghanistan and find them just walking around.

23rd Aug 2019 21:25 BSTPaul Brandes Manager

Welcome to Mindat, Jose!

First, please don't post separate messages for each photo you post. It is much easier to answer your questions if you post photos of the same specimen in one post.

With that said, most of your specimens looks like schist and/or parts of a pegmatite that have washed down from the mountains.

23rd Aug 2019 21:28 BSTjose burell

Yes I realized that, my apologies.

23rd Aug 2019 21:33 BSTRocky Mineralowicz

Thanks for serving and come home safely!!!

23rd Aug 2019 21:49 BSTjose burell

Thank you sir

23rd Aug 2019 21:41 BSTjose burell

Hmm Should I break them open to see if there is there is something nice inside? 

24th Aug 2019 04:47 BSTMatt Ciranni

Based strictly on appearance, that is some kind of amphibole schist.  Those light pale greenish bladed crystals are most likely Tremolite, which is a silicate mineral containing calcium, magnesium and iron.   That is a nice specimen as is; probably the most interesting of all of them you've posted.  So no- I would not break that particular one open.

24th Aug 2019 13:07 BSTSteve Hardinger Expert

Looks a bit like the actinolite found at the many Wrightwood, California localities.

24th Aug 2019 16:56 BSTjose burell

Cool I have tons of those.
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