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  1. In 2013 I was visiting around Buffalo and went to a creek that had been recommended. I didn't come across any trilobites but did find other exciting things. Among them were quite a few pyrite nodules I dug out of the creek bank. Must have found 30 of them. All rounded but varied shapes. About the size of a quarter or a little bigger. I have learned that many people have found them. Some close-ups. Many have a hole in them (shown above) and you can just barely see something inside the hole. Early on I broke some of these open and found... ...pyrite fossils. Gastropod, brachiopod, clam, ammonite. I quit there, I didn't want to smash them all. Over the years, as many who have found these know, some of the nodules began to decompose. What some refer to as "pyrite disease" or "pyrite rot". I have had a number that have broken apart and then turned to dust within a few years. I quarantine those that show signs but haven't had to in the last year or so. I have stored most of my nodules by simply putting them in a sealed container with a desiccant packet, with only a few problems after 7 years. But some ...the first 4 pictures of the post... I keep in a Pyrite display case and they have never shown any signs of problems. And the mini fossils have also never shown signs of decomposition, either. And they are on display as well, not packed away with a desiccant. So...some from the same "batch" decompose while others don't. Why??
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