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    hello all,

    hope everyone is having an awesome day. i just recently got into rock hunting and i must say i do love it ! after countless hrs of searching the web i just cant seem to figure outwhat this rock is. ill try to give as much detail as possible in hopes that it helps. i found it after hiking about 4 hrs up this waterfall /creek in the interior of beautiful BC Canada ( shuswap-thompson-okanagan area ). the river that the creek flows into is called the perry river. it is known to have at least gold and gems. possibly more but cant verify it. the silver colored substance shines in both bright and dull lighting. it looks like there is a green rectangular cube looking rock on the inside covered in some type of minerals. the green rrock has a waxy smooth feel to it. i was able to scratch it with a knife but not my fingernail. im told a knife has a hrdness of 6.5 , but some gems are softer like nephrite with a hardness of 5-6. so im thinking theres still hope for it to be something worth while. there doesnt appear to be bubbles when inspecting under a magnifine glass. it does resemble soapstone but im told soapstone will scratch from a fingernail. hard to describe luster as im to new to this i guess. but it is shiny. i tried chipping away at some of the minerals surounding the rock but i also chipped off some of the green rock which probably isnt a good sign. but none the less i feel there is hope and worth trying to get someone elses opinion. any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. i thank you all in advance for any help. peace

    i hope the upload of the pics worked. i cant see them on here.

    Dave,
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    looks like a piece of serpentine with mica. Are you able to get any photos of it in focus? These are very blurry.


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    thanks for the quick reply . sorry about the photos , they looked clear when i took em. but not very clear on here. after looking at some pics and write ups on serpentine, i believe your right. one last question, would you happen to know the odds of it being the cancer causing asbestos from the chrysotile group ?
    apparently just touching it or putting it too close to your mouth ,from beathing in the tiny particles can be risky. thanks again
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    The odds are very very very low. It is clearly a solid form member of the Serpentine group, and not one of the fibrous form members Serpentine Group: Serpentine Group mineral information and data. It would have the look of a bundle of insulation or cotton-candy of it were Chrysotile
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    oh ok, just wanted to be sure. thanks again
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