Archive for the ‘Rocks’ Category

Rocks tell a story

As someone who enjoys collecting rocks when out in nature, this article struck home with me. In fact, as I told my co-workers just today, my son once did a science fair project on the rocks of Minnesota. The reason they were from Minnesota is because that’s where our family cabin is, where we to each summer for vacation.

The article is entitled “Earthworms’ Castings: Rock Pile” by Jean Ponzi over at the The Healthy Planet. We still have those rocks scattered about the house. After all, they’re really part of the family.

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Rocks & stones

As someone who has always picked up rocks and stones wherever I go, they have always fascinated me. From the ones I’ve gotten on vacation up north in Minnesota (some of which were later used by my daughter for a Science Fair Project) to the one’s I’ve gotten whenever the kids and I went out in nature, many now sit in jars throughout our house.

Anyway, this article entitled “This ancient gemstone found in the Galapagos is baffling scientists” by Ilana Strauss over at Treehugger is just another example of how they continue to intrigue scientist as well. For me, they no doubt always will.

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Inukshuk

I’m sure you’re wondering, what is a Inukshuk? Well, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia, it’s a figure made of piled stones or boulders constructed to communicate with humans throughout the Arctic. Perhaps best known as navigational aids for the Inuit in Canada and points north.

So reading this article tonight, entitled “The World Doesn’t Want Your Inukshuk” by Katherine Martinko at Treehugger, got me to thinking about these. While I haven’t come across many, I do remember finding one as we were driving along Lake Superior a couple of summers ago.

It also got me to thinking about the occasional rocks I pick up when on vacation, like around our cabin. Definitely food, or at least rocks, for thought.

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Gifts from the volcano goddess Pele

So while the Kilauea volcano has done tremendous damage as it has erupted, it has also done some (at least to me) amazing things. The most obvious being creating nearly a mile of additional  coastline to the island.

As this article however, also points out, it’s created what is know as Olivine or the gem Peridot. The article is entitled “Hawaiian Volcano Offers Gifts of Gemstones Delivered from the Sky” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. They’re even green to boot.

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Rocks & stones

I get the feeling that I’ve written another post with the same title but it was probably a few years ago. That said, I’ve always been attracted to rocks and stones. If you look around my house, you’ll find plenty of them.

Some from the from various river beds in the area but, most however, from up north in Minnesota around our cabin and that area. In fact, many years ago, my daughter did one of her science fair projects on the rocks up north.

That said, this article from over at Live Science entitled “1.6 Billion Year Old Breath of Life Frozen in Stone” by Stephanie Pappas reminds of some of those rocks and stones as I’ve just recently started to sort them and place them throughout the house.

In fact, I was just re-reading an article that gave me the idea of rewarding my kids by putting rocks in their own jars and rewarding them after they got so many rocks. It’s called “Don’t Lose Your Marbles” by Malissa O’Brian over at Family Fun Magazine. Those are some really good memories.

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Rocks

When I read the title of this next article, “Rock Piles” by Jean Ponzi over at Earthworms Castings via the Healthy Planet, I knew it was the article for me. As someone who has jars of rocks throughout our house, I too love the stories that rocks tell.

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North Shore, part II

So tonight I entered the Lake Superior Photo Contest with two pictures from our family vacation this past summer. One that I took and one that my daughter took up, both up in Two Harbors, Minnesota.

The first one is in my post entitled North Shore (hence the part II) but the second what I didn’t use. Either way, here they both are:

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My daughters

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Mine

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