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weschrist

Gym climber
left sac
Jan 25, 2011 - 08:35am PT
I'm a climber and Geologist (M.S.). I have bags and bags of rocks. I have plans for them all...

cross sections of Fontainbleau sandstone, maybe even do a little cathode luminescence exam (I have a good feeling about those)

water fountains

climbing holds

etc.

I would love a rock saw... my birthday is in Oct.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jan 25, 2011 - 08:37am PT
Cool stuff Doc F !

Too funny that LEB invaded your thread, and she's got a bigger crystal than you do! Not only that but she's got a soul attachment to it.

Dude, how can you top that?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 08:38am PT
Granite is common place. Serpentine is not. Both speak of the forces that formed California. Very hard to find this stuff other than on the margins of the west coast, though it does occur in Maryland and some other locations.

Some idiot of a state legislator, Gloria Romero, was trying to have it removed as state rock and may have succeeded - the annoying this is this was done to help a class action lawsuit team underscore the so-called high risk of asbestos fibers that are common in serpentine rocks. The idea is to be able to say to the jury that California FINALLY recognized the danger and removed the rock from the list, a day late and billions of dollars short.

http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-07-16/news/21985506_1_asbestos-disease-awareness-organization-linda-reinstein-mesothelioma

DMT
weschrist

Gym climber
left sac
Jan 25, 2011 - 08:42am PT
Yeah, what ever happened with that ^^^^.

Poor Eldridge was pretty worked up over that one.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 09:04am PT
I bet he was!

I know they were trying to make another run at this but since it is merely a cynical effort by a team of class action lawyers to bolster their case through a bought and paid for state legislator, I think it failed. There is hope for sanity yet?

Some opponents have accused trial lawyers of pushing Romero's plan so they can pursue a whole new type of lawsuit by plaintiffs alleging their health was damaged when they were exposed to naturally occurring asbestos in serpentine found on property throughout the Sierra Nevada foothills and 42 of California's 58 counties.

according to the official state site

http://www.library.ca.gov/history/symbols.html#Heading15

California has a greater number of minerals and a wider variety of rock types than does any other state. Serpentine, a shiny, green and blue rock found throughout California, was named the official State Rock in 1965. It contains the state's principal deposits of chromite, magnesite, and cinnabar. California was the first state to designate a State Rock.

California still has its serpentinite. Though Arnie probably furloughed the web master so this could be old news.

But passing a law that would aid lawyers in their efforts to SUE THE STATE for billions, is pretty f*#king stupid.

DMT
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jan 25, 2011 - 10:46am PT
Klimmer
4000+ minerals Yes
Maybe I can ID them from my many years in College Mineralogy classes
Does that sound OK for You, or do you think I am lying



Dr. F,

I'm not bagging on you. I believe you.

Just a little humility is all I ask. How many new minerals do we add each year? Then there are ET minerals that are very rare and throw the full-time mineralogists and professionals even for a loop. Hence, the use of optical mineralogy techniques and Electron Microprobe analysis (EMPA).

What happens when you come upon a new mineral that hasn't ever been IDed before? You ID it and name it of course. That must be the dream of each mineralogist no doubt.
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jan 25, 2011 - 11:58am PT
Ok, here are a few questions:

1) Name the CA State Official Mineral

2) Name the CA State Official Rock (already mentioned)

3) Name the CA State Official Gemstone

4) Name the CA State Official Fossil



5) Bonus question: What local in CA has the greatest number of found minerals? Hint: Even the "StoneMasters" might get this . . .
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 12:02pm PT
1) Name the CA State Official Mineral

2) Name the CA State Official Rock (already mentioned)

3) Name the CA State Official Gemstone

4) Name the CA State Official Fossil



5) Bonus question: What local in CA has the greatest number of found minerals? Hint: Even the "StoneMasters" might get this . . .

1. gold
2. already mentioned
3. benetoite - discussed recently re New Idria and San Benito mtn.
4. Saber toothed tiger

5. Hmmmmm, Riverside? (seems like I should know this one)

DMT
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jan 25, 2011 - 12:52pm PT
Ok, yes, easy I know.


Riverside, is correct. However, what is the site local?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 25, 2011 - 12:58pm PT
Thank you for all the nice photos of rock and crystals! Very fun. Maybe Minerals will chime in?

As for the state rock, well, perhaps the name serpentinite inspired the wriggling?
FortMental

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Jan 25, 2011 - 01:17pm PT
I've collected a few rocks .... don't think they're as special if you buy them, though.
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 03:41pm PT
Well I'm back
Crestmore Quarry

Of course I can't ID all 4000
If LEB, or Skip, or anyone else on ST showed me a mineral, I could Probably ID it
and of course rocks are different, since there are 10 types of granite, and ten types of andesite, those are a lot tougher to ID

I have worked at Crestmore, testing air pollution a bunch of times and found some cool stuff
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 03:57pm PT
I hope LEB's one crystal isn't bigger than mine, I am worried
This is above our TV, and I moved some small ones out to see the biggies
The 2 center are quartz sabers, the ruler is 12 inches
the back ones are Selenite, or Gypsum
Credit: Dr. F.

This Selenite and 6 inch quartz live on the entrance table
Credit: Dr. F.

I have bigger still
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 04:19pm PT
I predict you and LEB will circle each other from one end of this site to the other. A perfect match, enjoy.
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 04:24pm PT
Everyone of those is unworthy of ID-ing

Try again
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 04:34pm PT
You and LEB LOL

DMT
MMCC

climber
New Zealand
Jan 25, 2011 - 04:34pm PT
Minerals aren't rocks, this is like starting a "celebrate curry" thread then showing photographs of cumin and turmeric, in little zip loc baggies.
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 05:08pm PT
Credit: Dr. F.

These are minerals worth ID-ing
top left . to right
second row..
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 05:37pm PT
I do like opalized mollusk shells
Credit: Dr. F.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 05:39pm PT
OCD is a tough rap to beat.

DMT
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