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State rock?[edit]

Moved following from article space. Vsmith (talk) 10:51, 21 April 2009 (UTC)[reply]

I've just done a pretty thorough search, and it would appear that Virginia has no state stone, rock, or mineral. So I question the statement that unakite is the state stone of Virginia. Can you please provide a source that backs up that statement? This is further proof that Wikipedia is built upon a foundation that is nothing but a house of cards - easily blown down because no one is checking the facts. Again, please provide the source for your statement. I can find no evidence that Virginia has a state stone. A state fossil, yes. A state stone, rock, or mineral, no.

Wikipedia's own entry on state symbols of Virginia, in fact, lists no state stone, rock, or mineral. How about some editorial control and authority? What can I trust here?

In fact, the one reference you supply - to R.V. Dietrich - even says "According to information supplied to me by those familiar with efforts to establish official state minerals, rocks, and gemstones for Virginia, listings of unakite as the state gemstone of Virginia are erroneous. And, I suspect the same can be said about listings of unakite as the 'official stone' for South Carolina." How about a little editorial control, folks? You should at least be consistent within and across Wikipedia. It's a pity. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 07:05, 21 April 2009

Unakite vs Ukanite[edit]

Can anyone clarify whether there is any difference between Ukanite (which is the only way I have seen the name of this mineral spelled) and Unakite? I have seen the name used interchangably on websites and was curious if anyone knew the answer. Orliana (talk) 02:43, 3 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Don't know 'bout ukanite - google returns nothing but sales pitches. Unakite was named for the Unaka Mountains, Tennessee and North Carolina is basically epidosite (epidote altered granite - a rock not a mineral) gets mostly sales pitches also, but the Gemrocks site and Merriam Webster seem to basically agree. Vsmith (talk) 03:28, 3 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Image quality[edit]

On my screen, the first image, showing a rough piece of unakite and a cabochon, is not particularly clear and is rather dark. I'm wondering whether the quality of this image could be improved or a better image found. CorinneSD (talk) 15:46, 23 September 2014 (UTC)[reply]

Replaced with an image of tumble polished pebbles from commons. Vsmith (talk) 01:33, 24 September 2014 (UTC)[reply]
It's much better. Thanks. CorinneSD (talk) 01:34, 24 September 2014 (UTC)[reply]

GemRocks website[edit]

The section Unakite on the Gemrocks website is the primary source that was used when the article was written. That section contains no commercial content and I have restored the link. Vsmith (talk) 14:24, 20 August 2019 (UTC)[reply]


This rock can also be found in North Texas, i.e., the bed of the Prairie Dog Town tributary of the Red River. Kevin Kelly. (talk) 22:57, 13 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]