Friday, February 20, 2009

Rocks

I love rocks. It all started when I was asked to write a Rock Lab for my job. I called my brother Paul for some help.

(This is Paul. He loves crows)

He has a master's degree in geology. I knew he could help me. I didn't know the difference between an igneous and a sedimentary rock. Now, that's sad... Paul enlightened me. He is also the person who got me started with the Petosky stone obsession. Now, practically every child at my school knows what they are and how to polish them.
Here is a picture of a typical shoreline at Lake Superior. This is where I found some of my most colorful stones. We collected buckets full of beautiful rocks. My husband has a pain in his back to prove it. These rocks even have some gold in them. My students won't be receiving these beauties. They're mine! My parents live on Lake Hartwell. Fortunately for me the lake level is down and it is prime rock hunting grounds!
Quartz and pyrite are in abundance around the lake. My mom even found a stone near an underground spring that the Indians used to grind grain. It has a hollowed out center, very cool. She gave it to me. If I can haul it to school I will show it to the students for the Rock Lab. Better yet, I can get my husband to carry it for me! Good thing he doesn't read my blogs :)

1 comment:

TuttleTime said...

ROCK on, Mom. :) I had to say that. Ha! I think it's so great that you are interested in so many things...even rocks. Those kids are so lucky to get to feel and touch cool things. :)