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I'm Clueless On This One Still. Could Be Wood But I'm Not For Sure.


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Looks like leaverite... Don't think it is wood... what attracted you to it?

Ed

It looked so odd from the other rocks all over. Like it was out of place. The shape at the top how it comes together was neat.

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Not seeing anything that screams out organic or maybe wood, but that parallel cracking/veins on top in the 2nd picture is interesting. Could be one for the backy yard rock collection or if you feel like breaking off a piece from an innocuous spot you might can see something internally thats different from the weathered outsides. Before learning about rock saws and microscopic thin sections I had been known on occasion to smash the heck out of one like it with the goggles on and rock/engineers hammer flying to see what lies within. Untouched yard rock is probably the safest approach! :) Regards, Chris

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Not seeing anything that screams out organic or maybe wood, but that parallel cracking/veins on top in the 2nd picture is interesting. Could be one for the backy yard rock collection or if you feel like breaking off a piece from an innocuous spot you might can see something internally thats different from the weathered outsides. Before learning about rock saws and microscopic thin sections I had been known on occasion to smash the heck out of one like it with the goggles on and rock/engineers hammer flying to see what lies within. Untouched yard rock is probably the safest approach! :) Regards, Chris

LOL. I have no problems smashing the snarge out of it! We shall see what secrets it keeps :)

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LOL. I have no problems smashing the snarge out of it! We shall see what secrets it keeps :)

I should have added...now go easy at first...Just a small piece or corner for starters if that is possible...maybe something worth learning about and doing more viewing/picking/research before you cant recognize anything! You could end up with photos for another post in the what did I destroy section here! Good luck! Regards, Chris

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One possibility is styolites:

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=styolite&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.44770516,d.aWc&biw=1366&bih=704&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=ygpfUdqUL_L9yAGH-ICYCw

Styolites are 'solution surfaces' that form when the tremendous weight of the overlying rocks causes the carbonate to dissolve in various spots. These spots eventually merge into a more or less continuous surface. Since these spots aren't always at the same level, a zig-zag pattern usually results as they connect. Insoluble residue left behind often give these gaps a dark color. In many cases, many inches or more of rock can be removed from the thickness of the strata.

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I would go with the styolite ID also. ;)

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One possibility is styolites:

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=styolite&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.44770516,d.aWc&biw=1366&bih=704&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=ygpfUdqUL_L9yAGH-ICYCw

Styolites are 'solution surfaces' that form when the tremendous weight of the overlying rocks causes the carbonate to dissolve in various spots. These spots eventually merge into a more or less continuous surface. Since these spots aren't always at the same level, a zig-zag pattern usually results as they connect. Insoluble residue left behind often give these gaps a dark color. In many cases, many inches or more of rock can be removed from the thickness of the strata.

Thanks Missourian. I'm wondering what a thin-section thru that is going to look like internally. hmmm...I should go dig around on the web a bit and do some reading..thanks again for the insight. Regards, Chris

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