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TitleSoapstone, Inyo County, California
DescriptionThis rock is mostly talc, but contains lesser amounts of plagioclase and quartz. Rocks of this sort are termed soapstone, becaus talc gives them a soapy (or greasy) feel. It formed by alteration/metamorphism, but the nature of the parent rock is uncertain. This sample is 8.5 cm across.
LocationUSA ▹ California ▹ Inyo
PhotographerNessa Eull. 2001-04-26.
CollectionWard’s University Rock Collection #199.
Key wordssoapstone, California
Tech details719 KB. Hand specimen. Fujifilm FinePix S1Pro digital camera, 60mm Nikon AF micro lens.
GeoDIL number437