Identifying Translucent Rocks

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Translucent rocks are rocks that a person can see through, and they are typically made up of minerals or crystals that are translucent themselves. Find out why some semi-precious stones are translucent with help from a lab manager and research scientist in this free video on identifying rocks.

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Hi this is Jane Stammer from the Colorado School of Mines, I'm here to answer questions on how to identify translucent rocks. Translucent rocks are just as they seem. They are translucent, which means you can actually see through them. Typically they're made up of minerals or crystals, such as this quartz crystal that you can see right through them which makes them translucent. Depending on the eternal crystal structure, some minerals are translucent, some are opaque. Typically, precious metals suck as gold and silver are opaque while semi-precious stones such as quartz or fluorite are translucent. And that is how you identify translucent rocks.

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