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Bruce Bay white rocks

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Bruce Bay white rocks


I know the meaning behind the piles of white rocks at Bruce Bay (West coast; between Haast and Fox Glacier) has been discussed on here before but I'm more interested in specifically what type of rocks they are.

For those unfamiliar, the rocks are white, very smooth, slightly translucent and seem to have very small crystals in them (I think quartz?) that glisten in the sun. The rocks are plentiful at Bruce Bay. I'm afraid I don't have a picture but a quick google of 'white rocks Bruce bay' should show you what I'm talking about.

If anyone has an idea of what they are (or can point me in the direction of a geologist!) I'd be very grateful.


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1. Re: Bruce Bay white rocks

And if you rub them together then they glow.

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2. Re: Bruce Bay white rocks

They are probably Quartz. There is a lot of quartz in NZ due to it having spent millennia under the sea. This link discusses quartz rocks producing sparks and glowing.


Quartz, Marble and Limestone are all different stages of the same material.

Edited: 23 February 2014, 23:27
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