Hi Mike that is so cool to see Agates in NC. You did real good my friend real good in finding them agates. Now NC can bost about another mineral from there state. I love the pictures and report too.
KOR Carl in WI
Very awesome Mike! That solidifies it, you are the coolest geologist I know
Nice find Mike,,,
As you know I don't ask you for much but could you please cut a few more cabs so I can get a better idea of what this new agate looks like?
Your stratified finds look a lot like the Petrified Wood from Saddle Mountain - in Washington State. Nature sure is great isn't it. It allows our minds to associate flows and dips to all kinds of things in the natural World. It makes you think what conditions allowed those different levels of minerals to flow and stop, change directions and flow again. Although I'm not a Geologist, or for that matter any kind of IST, I still marvel at how things come to be and how we find them and associate their "becoming". Great job and nice find. The material looks like you only scratched the surface in it's uses. Chalcedony is one of my favorite materials to cab and dream of different things that it looks like.
I find the "art" of seeking new sources of "wonderment" much more fulfilling than actually finding it in nature. The research and learning involved with each discovery fascinates and fulfills me.
I even like the old adage of "Rock On" and "Dig It", which can mean many things to lots of different folks. I don't do much digging anymore but still like to "cast About" in the "wilderness" for natures wonders.
Thank you for sharing your discoveries.
Interesting and unique material Mike. Finding a new source of material is always a gratifying experience. As you dig deeper into the vein you may find some different material. Also if you find a vein in one location there is likely veins of similar material nearby. Keep digging my friend, thirsty for new finds!
Instincts have led you to a very good and unique find. Isn't it nice to have one of those voices? I listen to mine (not the others talking to me) all the time! Your "voice" has led you to a source that should keep you busy for ever it appears. I would continue investigating the area to find other "pockets" maybe other color patterns and such.
Good work Mike!
Great job in today's day and age finding a "new" deposit of mineral you sought out. Fantastic material and cabs.
Wow. You have been busy, and close-mouthed about it too! Those are some nice drusy cabs.
Mike, I kind of remember that we used to call it melrose onyx. It was found close to Tryon, Saluda area. That was over 50 years ago so my memory may be a little weak
Hey Bruce - WHAT???!!!! You mean you were on fence about me being the coolest geologist you knew???!!! Just kidding, of course; thanks for the incredible compliment.
Hi Tom - Thanks. And, LOL - you know I'm working on it!!!!
Hey Joe - Nature is certainly great, as demonstrated again by this rock. It is one of the complex rocks I've ever seen. As I wrote in my February 2011 report, "Movement along the series of faults and associated fractures caused pre-existing country rock to be crushed and shattered into breccia. Repeated phases of fault activation caused the breccia to be re-brecciated forming what may be referred to as microbreccia. Sometime during and probably after the faulting took place, quartz-rich groundwater solutions infiltrated the highly fractured rocks as evidenced by banded chalcedony fragments and quartz crystallization." Each rock has its own unique history as the geologic processes detailed above varied on the smallest scale. The rock is certainly pretty to look at, but its geology makes it all the more appealing to people like you and me who wonder at nature's art. And, you're welcome.
Thanks, Jay. No doubt, I will continue to dig the new spot and prospect others in the area but with care and patience. As a matter of fact, I was poking around the general area Saturday while Chrissy was visiting her parents and it turned out to be mostly a "pay your dues" sorta day with not a peep from my little voice, one of many I've spent over the years and no doubt will spend in the future.
Hi Don - Thanks! My little voice is what it is and I try to never question it or take it for granted because if I do, it got real shy. It has always worked best for me to stay positive when I'm digging by simply enjoying the time regardless of what I'm finding. This way, I can never lose and any decent specimen is just a bonus to the privilege to just being able to dig or bust rock.
Hi Mike - Thanks, pal!
Thanks, Ivey. Too busy to talk! LOL
Hi Terry - Thanks for the information - interesting. Melrose and Melrose Mountain are within the Marietta-Tryon Graben, so it makes sense that yet another version of banded chalcedony exists in that area.
I find areas like that in different places in Pa, even in the Coal mining areas. Most people don't associate Quartz with Coal but the strip mines have uncovered many such places that have had lots of geologic upheavals that breciate and paste together all kinds of rock. The wonderful Silica provides some very nice crystals also and Chalcedony flows. Finding true swirled stuff to make Agate is not as common.
A few of the major roads, like the northern turnpike, have exposed flows that make your mind really work to figure out how many times they had to of been lifted and melted, over and over again to achieve the puzzles they show us. The temperature of the Earths crust and the air also changed to allow high and low temperature flows. When you visit an active volcano you get a small picture of how rock can be melted and molded in fascinating ways. the most important thing to remember is not to put your finger, or anything else, in the lava flows to get a sample.
I wonder if Wayne did any "marking", when he was in Hawaii? I wonder how many billion years it took to erode enough rock to make 40 feet of farm land dirt? The glaciers stopped about 100 miles north of here. If the glaciers melted quickly could they make "land" tsunamis?
Joe, Eastern Washington is known to have had catastrophic floods from the melting of glaciers and the breaching of natural dams. The resulting scouring by the floods resulted in the extensive amount of "Scablands" in eastern Washington. I don't know about Pennsylvania, but I don't think you have any land similar the the Scablands. Pennsylvania does have a number of rivers that flow deeply between folded, resistant, mountain ridges. Maybe the melting glacial flows degraded the stream beds to their present locations. I am not familiar with the geomorphology of Pennsylvania, and I am merely speculating. Those who are so concerned about global warming should contemplate what havoc a new ice age, which is overdue, would bring about. Chalcedony is certainly found in areas of upheaval of sedimentary rock such as the California coastal ranges.
The area I was talking about in Pa. is in the middle of farm country. It has a very small stream running at the bottom of a ravine that is about 100 feet below the surrounding area where huge rocks are revealed. 200 years ago a quarry was started in this area and they mined the rock to make huge abutment stones for the railroad and road bridges. They ignored a few nice Hematite veins but did use the fancy Quartz in varying colors and shades for lining roadways and the underside of old stone bridges. There is only one such adorned bridge left in the area. It used to allow buggy and foot traffic, with a small spring to pass under a major railroad line. Very few people know of it's existence at all.
The remainder of the Quartz pieces is what I find in the crick that I walk. They used to use the left over stone to try and keep the small crick from overflowing into the quarry, since it becomes a raging river when it rains hard and the surrounding miles of farmland drains into it. A wonderful example of erosion at work. They even placed one of these huge pieces of stone next to the crick. I now call it the teeter totter stone, since it looks like its ready to tumble into the crick at any minute. It's about the size of a city bus and is loaded with Garnet and Zircon crystals. Maybe the owners of the quarry thought it was too pretty to use for a bridge abutments. Those old bridge abutments have killed many a modern car driver when they tried to move them with their auto, over the last 1oo years or so. Needless to say no auto or truck will even dent these lovely pieces of rock and hardly even c take a chip off them.
The old Geologist called this underlying rock formation Baltimore Gneiss, I just call it nice. The crick even provides some Petrified Wood every once in a while. 200 years ago it was more common but now rare.
Well ring the bells, you've gone and done it now! Love your find and all the lovely cabs, especially where you can see the tiny individual crystals. Can you say awesome?
Hey Denise - When it comes to what mother nature provides, I sure as heck can say AWESOME! Thanks, missy!