There are others who know much better than me, like John McPhee, who has written many books on the formation of this place we call 'America'.
John McPhee - a reporter's reporter
Here's some rocks I collected along many California beaches:
There are of course many layers deposited. MANY layers. Of silt, sand, mud and shells. All then compressed and turned into 'rock'. Without the '...n'roll' part.
Then somehow, those layers get broken up, and washed in by the waves, and sanded by sand and waves... and then become what i have collected here, a melange of detritus.
When i was growing up in a small town in Maine, my mom was the director of us three kids upbringing. She took us to i don't remember how many places, usually north of our town, and on the way back we passed by a place, just a trailer on a gravel parking lot, called 'the rock shop'. It had many many examples of various minerals, and semi precious stones, also including hunks of mica, which i found fascinating, all shiny, in many thin layers.
Mica is a fascinating rock.. or should i say mineral?
When broken off, the thin layers were translucent - how can rock be translucent, i thought? Ah, but it can.
There was always a tumbler at work on something, a soothing sound.
What we soak up when we are young remains w/ us, always, it is our foundation, it becomes our core.
And now I live near the Pacific Ocean, and if you think calling it 'pacific' means it's calm or pacified? ..forget about it.
The beach is always a-tumblin' whatever is on it, over and over and over again.
here's how it goes:
And then the pebbles get tossed around, another story, sand, storms, waves, wind.
"Turritella agate is formed from silicified fossil Elimia tenera (erroneously considered Turritella) shells. E. tenera are spiral freshwater gastropods having elongated, spiral shells composed of many whorls. Similarly, coral, petrified wood and other organic remains or porous rocks can also become agatized. Agatized coral is often referred to as Petoskey stone or agate."
That's the beach - how 'bout the desert?
Many stories here too, all of them millennia long, about accumulation, tectonic plate motion, and rain, much rain.
visit this one.
Above, the White House ruins, Cyn De Chelly. There are *definitely* stories here.
In conclusion, one interesting link:
In a couple of weeks, a darkroom montage post,
another couple of 'sandwiches'.