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What is flint.

How is flint formed, and why is it laid down in defined bands, in exposed chalk along the south downs.
Question asked by: john helm

Asked on: 16 Jul 2008

Flint is a very hard type of stone, and hence its traditional use in starting fires by flicking two pieces where the friction between the hard surfaces causes a spark.

It is a form of the mineral quartz specifically, the way in which flint forms is not fully clear.

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Replied at: 25 Aug 2008
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