Celebration of inorganic materials!


I was reading through a few popular science magazines last night and it seems like 90% of the articles are human-related, 9% animal-related, and 0.9% are plant related, with a possible 0.1% being about other.  Is all of geology meant to fit into that 0.1%?  These are not actual statistics, this is just a general observation, and maybe it’s not surprising that people want to read about other people, and sometimes animals, rarely plants, and hardly ever about rocks.  I’m thinking there should be a celebration of inorganic materials and processes.  For example, yesterday I stared at some sand and silt on the sidewalk that was sculpted by the afternoon rain storm.  You could see mini deltas, crag and tails, potholes, and sorting of grain size, all within a meter.  This little model of water and rock was now completely dry and absolutely stunning, shimmering in the sun.

I think many little kids appreciate rocks and streams, but then something happens, perhaps in school, so they focus more on life.  I personally love rocks because:

  1. Rocks aren’t difficult to catch/find
  2. Rocks move/change in predictable, physical ways
  3. Rocks contain a complicated, yet specific story about their past
  4. Rocks existed long before any life forms inhabited this planet
  5. Rocks are everywhere, just look!

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