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Old 03-05-2013, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I went hiking...

I was on vacation a couple of years ago up on the Northern Peninsula of my home province of Newfoundland. I went for a hike with a couple of people and we ended up on a beach which was all covered in typical grey rock when I spotted this one large black rock, with metallic spots all over it, which looked like it had no business being there. My Father-in-law said that the spots were just "fools gold" but I decided to take it with me anyways.



Fast forward to today. I just got back from the university where I spoke with one of the geology professors and it turns out that the shiny metallic spots (which are all over this specimen) are Mica. It's not really worth much but I thought it was pretty cool. We also found a ton of raw jade stone when we were walking through there so I have a couple boxes of that home now too. I also found a large beach rock with a circle of iron ore going right through it. Any other rock pushers around with interesting stories or collections?
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Aww Man! I thought you were going to say it's fossilized dino poop.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I used to live up in the Gatineau hills, Saint Pierre de Wakefield, Quebec when I was a kid. I liked to go searching through the woods and dig holes around the yard, where I would find "huge" chunks of solid mica. Like, the size of large desk top printers, everywhere. And some of these chucks would have amethyst formations on them/in them. It was "Super awesome" then, I thought I was gon'a sell this stuff and get stinking rich!
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Aww Man! I thought you were going to say it's fossilized dino poop.
I have a piece of that sitting on my desk right now.

When I was a kid our city decided to widem ny street. They dug our street up and started installing storm sewers, then went on strike for 2 years. During this time there was pleanty of upturned earth and also gravel they brought in. The gravel they brough it (I forget what they call it, agregate maybe?) I was told was granite and lots of quartz running through it.

Among the agregate one day I found a rock with a funny shape on it. It turned out to be a decent sized part of a trilobite fossil. Trilobite - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wish I still had it to give my kids.
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There's a river here locally that has TONS of trilobite fossils. I'll see if I can get my hands on one and post a photo of it.
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