Sunday, May 18, 2008

Rock Hunt

Maggie has had "rock fever" since geology day last week. Allan sent us directions to a good spot to go garnet hunting, and so this morning we drove along the fjord past Trolla looking for whitish rock walls with a dusting of orange rust. Finding a good spot, we hunted for loose stones bejeweled with embedded red crystal garnets... and we found them!

The kids loaded up a backpack and as many stones as they could carry back to the car. Maggie and Peter spent much of the afternoon with hammers chipping away the stone from the gems, and now have about 100 of the geometric crystals. A fun day!

The stone shown above has about 30 garnets clearly visible in its surface. How many more inside? The kids couldn't wait to get home and began banging on rocks right away.

The garnet is shaped as a rhombic dodecahedron, one of 3D geometry's most delicious shapes.

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