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Rock Star: Steaming Coal
steaming coal
Introducing steaming coal from Clermont.  This is just the thing to run your steam train on - as long as you are up to shovelling about 1 tonne per hour to keep yourself choochoo-ing along!  This specimen displays lovely bands of  bright and dull material and hails from the Permian period making it at least 250 million years old.  You'd have a few lines as well if you were that old.  Coal is a sedimentary rock and a good sample for students because they usually recognise it.  A bit of instant success in the classroom always generates a buzz.  Sniff it out on the site and get your class some decent sized samples now.
Sniff it out on the site
Dogs Life
This week on Facebook we shared a great image describing converging plate boundaries posted by Amazing Geologist.  See it here

On Pinterest we posted the National Rock Garden Rock of the Month: Boogardie orbicular granite and pegmatite vein

And on Twitter we found out that the Earth's center is 1000 degrees hotter than previously thought.  Here's the article
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petrified wood
A geologist once told me if you find a stone that "looks like wood, smells like wood and tastes like wood" then you've got yourself a piece of petrified wood.  In other words - trust your instincts when you are fossil hunting.  Not everything you find is going to become the latest type specimen, but it's not likely that nothing you pick up is a real fossil.  If you can't get out to sniff out your own, though, it's nice to know where you can pick some up.  Read a bit about our petrified wood on the Rockhoundz blog and keep an eye on it for featured specimens, experiments that work and special things I sniff out from time to time. 

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