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Flint is a hard, sedimentary cryptocrystalline form of the mineral quartz, categorised as a variety of chert. It occurs chiefly as nodules and masses in sedimentary rocks, such as chalks and limestones. Inside the nodule, flint is usually dark grey, black, green, white, or brown in colour, and often has a glassy or waxy appearance. A thin layer on the outside of the nodules is usually different in colour, typically white and rough in texture.
Flint concretions from sedimentary rocks forms irregular nodules that are often surrounded by a thin white layer, sometimes called cortex. Although it has a powder-like consistence and can sometimes be partially rubbed off, it is not chalk, but quartz (you cannot dissolve it in acids).
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