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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Postby embokim » September 7th, 2016, 3:22 pm

This is a bit outdated but for some newcomers this site helped me with both entomology and rocks and minerals at regionals and states.
http://scioly.org/users/balsa/public/Sc ... index.html
You have to capitalize the first letter of every answer and a couple are misspelled but you can find a pattern after a couple minutes of playing around with this.
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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Postby bhavjain » September 7th, 2016, 9:27 pm

How does one distinguish between calcite and dolomite apart from an acid test?
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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Postby embokim » September 8th, 2016, 8:17 am

You can't but usually on a test they will provide the pertinent information to tell the difference
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Postby rockster » September 9th, 2016, 10:46 am

embokim wrote:This is a bit outdated but for some newcomers this site helped me with both entomology and rocks and minerals at regionals and states.
http://scioly.org/users/balsa/public/Sc ... index.html
You have to capitalize the first letter of every answer and a couple are misspelled but you can find a pattern after a couple minutes of playing around with this.


OMG thank you. I used this my first year but I couldn't remember the website.
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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Postby Unome » September 9th, 2016, 11:40 am

rockster wrote:
embokim wrote:This is a bit outdated but for some newcomers this site helped me with both entomology and rocks and minerals at regionals and states.
http://scioly.org/users/balsa/public/Sc ... index.html
You have to capitalize the first letter of every answer and a couple are misspelled but you can find a pattern after a couple minutes of playing around with this.


OMG thank you. I used this my first year but I couldn't remember the website.

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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Postby Lis_ara » September 10th, 2016, 12:23 pm

Hey guys!
Does anyone have an old copy of the Rocks and Minerals rules manual lying around (like from 2013 & 2014 season perhaps)? If so, can you post a link here? I'd like to get a general idea of what the event includes without having to buy the entire 2017 Division C event rules manual... and I'm sure many others feel the same :) Thank you!!! :D

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Postby John Richardsim » September 10th, 2016, 12:40 pm

Lis_ara wrote:Hey guys!
Does anyone have an old copy of the Rocks and Minerals rules manual lying around (like from 2013 & 2014 season perhaps)? If so, can you post a link here? I'd like to get a general idea of what the event includes without having to buy the entire 2017 Division C event rules manual... and I'm sure many others feel the same :) Thank you!!! :D

They are copyrighted, and as such cannot be posted here. You can get a copy of this year's rules from your coach, who should have (or will) receive a copy of the rules with registration. You may also check the Rocks and Minerals wiki page for helpful information (it actually has quite a bit, so you should definitely take a look through it).
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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Postby bhavjain » September 10th, 2016, 7:27 pm

If tests have a mineral from the tourmaline group, will they want the specific mineral? (e.g. Liddicoatite?)
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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Postby Magikarpmaster629 » September 11th, 2016, 5:07 am

bhavjain wrote:If tests have a mineral from the tourmaline group, will they want the specific mineral? (e.g. Liddicoatite?)

From my experience, they'll only ask for the specimen on the list, but giving the variation can get you tiebreaker points.
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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Postby bhavjain » September 11th, 2016, 6:22 am

How does one tell the diffefence between ulexite and satin spar selenite? They look very similar...
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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Postby deji725 » September 14th, 2016, 10:45 pm

Ulexite is hydrous sodium calcium borate and selenite is hydrous calcium sulfate. Selenite has a monoclinic crystal system while ulexite has a triclinic crystal system. Selenite tends to vary in colors to(white,gray, brown, orange) . Selenite is usually long and fibrous(fracture is fibrous) and Uxlexite is uneven in fracture. Even though lots of people say they both have 2 on Mohs scale, Ulexite is harder than selenite.(Mohs Scale - (U) 2.5 (S)2)

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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Postby bfenske » October 19th, 2016, 5:24 pm

Is the field guide off the table this year? The rules make no mention, yet I see field guide mentioned in the Wiki. Can students use a field guide for the test?

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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Postby John Richardsim » October 19th, 2016, 6:04 pm

bfenske wrote:Is the field guide off the table this year? The rules make no mention, yet I see field guide mentioned in the Wiki. Can students use a field guide for the test?

Huh, I didn't even notice that this year's rules don't include field guides for during competition...

No field guide in competition, as stated in the rules. The wiki is outdated (if someone wanted to be a doll they would go and update that part of the Rocks and Minerals page...).
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Re: Rocks and Minerals B/C

Postby Person » October 19th, 2016, 6:11 pm

John Richardsim wrote:
bfenske wrote:Is the field guide off the table this year? The rules make no mention, yet I see field guide mentioned in the Wiki. Can students use a field guide for the test?

Huh, I didn't even notice that this year's rules don't include field guides for during competition...

No field guide in competition, as stated in the rules. The wiki is outdated (if someone wanted to be a doll they would go and update that part of the Rocks and Minerals page...).

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