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  1. Campfire Talk

    Good morning, good morning!! Fall is HERE!! Woo Hoo!! :clap: :hugegrin:
  2. Rock Identification

    The first beach I had ever been to except the Ches. Bay was Clearwater... what a contrast between the two. It is so beautiful! I guess I was about 9 the first time I was at the Gulf. My Mom in Law has a place in Englewood where she winters and we get down to see her ever few years or so. I've only been to the Keys once. Got as far as Islamorada and Grassy Key, but headed back north when they were calling for nasty, nasty weather so I've never got to Key West...yet! Whats the name of the State Park in Key Largo? The coral reef? That was remarkable!!!!
  3. Campfire Talk

    Hey SK, CHIEF! Hows going this evening guys! :hugegrin:
  4. Campfire Talk

    K-BOB!! Long time no see mon!! :woot: How the heck are ya?? :hugegrin:
  5. Campfire Talk

    Goodday campfire folks! :hugegrin: :wave: Woods, Wendy... I see alot of congrats..did I miss something? B) :thumbup: Hey SK...having trouble w/ la clase de espanol? ME TOO!! I'm taking Spanish II this semester, only trouble is... I have forgotten Spanish I :scared:
  6. Rock Identification

    OMG... I am all over that one! That is a GREAT idea rockhounder!! :thumbsup: Mistwalker, we do shells and "stuff" to, aren't they fun! What beach was your haunt? As a kid, I spent time on the Chespeake, but now I live near the Atlantic and Delaware, Rehoboth and Indian River Bays. We have baskets to overflowing in the house. My daughter came with my class on a field trip we took to Calvert Cliffs last spring and she found near on 25 lbs. of fossil shells and impressions; we even found a rays dental plate and a lovely fossilized chunk of echinoderm! If I remember right (and I'm lousy at numbers) the Calvert Formation is early or mid Miocene, so the fossils date at ~15 million years!
  7. Rock Identification

    I particularly like the petrified wood... I have I chuck I bought way back, but it is nowhere near as nice. My son is 9, and he is really getting into rock collecting, but we live on the coastal plains and there are just no rocks here!! I feel bad for the poor boy, he has to make due with driveways, LOL!
  8. Rock Identification

    Oh schist... did I hallucinate fluorite deer???? :woot: Well... they sure are gneiss Mistwalker!! :hugegrin:
  9. Campfire Talk

    Morning Swede, SK! Its a kinda grey day here...somewhere around 65/70 I'm guessing. I'm good with that, if only it would stay this way!!
  10. Campfire Talk

    Hey SK! :grin: Good to see you! You have a good night! :wave:
  11. Rock Identification

    Swede, those are great!! :grin:
  12. Campfire Talk

    Just popped in to say hey... happy114.gif hope everyone is having a lovely evening out there. :hugegrin:
  13. Rock Identification

    Swede, that sure is a lovely rock! :thumbup: Mom the kids and I drove to Washington this summer, and I have a whole pile of rocks I've been classifiying as I get a chance, but nothing like that! My new treasure is a chuck of Mt St. Helens pumice (got before it was a Nat Park) that my friend out there gave too me and a chuck of shale with a perfect braciopod impression. Found that one on a field trip to VA in the spring. If i can ever figure out how to post pics....
  14. Rock Identification

    Ok, Ok... I'm gonna be a real butt- munch here and toss in my .02 Color is the least diagnostic property for rocks and minerals and should be used as a referance only. (I'm sorry, but this is what I've been studying in school for what feels like a MILLION years!!) Lazurite and Azurite are in two entirely different mineral classes. Lazaurite (aka Lapis) is a silicate, sodium calcite aluminum silicate sulfur sulfate. The blue color of lapis is derived from the sulfer. Where azurite is a carbonate, copper carbonate hydroxide and its blue color is derived from the copper. If that isn't enough, you have a lazulite, which is also that beautiful bright blue, but is a phosphate, magnesium iron aluminum phosphate hydroxide. Whew...that hurt my head...Its been a few years since I've taken minerology and, well... no rocks in southern DE. My professor in that class made a point of using hand samples that were NOT the expected colors, so we mostly had to rely on streak, hardness, accessory minerials and crystal habit (eg. cubic, dipyramidal, dodecahedral and a bunch of other junk I'd just as soon forget, :woot:) The best way to tell if you have an azurite rather than lazurite is the pyrite or to use hydrochloric acid, as a carbonate, azurite should fizz. Jumps down off her geo-soap box! Sorry...I just couldn't help myself..... :blush:
  15. Rock Identification

    I was thinking sodalite first too! Oh how I envy you folks who have rocks growing "wild and free" around them, LOL! :hugegrin: I have been gradually moving the parking lot at work onto my desk because I keep finding nice crystals of hornblende! I guess thats my tradeoff for having a beach. Mummy beads, huh.. That sound pretty cool! :thumbup: