What "Large Deposits" Means

This part of the definition is not as definite as the other parts. How large is "large?" Generally it means that the deposit is large enough to show up on a geologic map.

To explore this, we will use the same materials that we used to explore "naturally occurring." You will need as many of the items from the following list as you can find:

Understanding "Inorganic"

Like "naturally occurring", the word "inorganic" is part of the definition of a mineral. This word can be confusing. It reminds many people of organic food, but in the science of geology is has a very different meaning. In this case, inorganic means that the object is not alive, and was not a part of anything that was alive.

Capillary Filter

One of the interesting things at St. Augustine, Florida's Oldest House is a large stone bowl with a bucket underneath. The stone bowl is half full of muddy water and there is a slow, steady drip of water from the bottom of the bowl to the bucket. Although the water in the bowl is a bit muddy, the water in the bucket is clear. Why?


My photography has always tended towards patterns, so it should be no surprise that a lot of my beach photos lean that way. These are a few of the photos that I have taken on our recent beach walks.

It has been pretty windy lately, which always sculpts the dunes into marvelous shapes.

The waves make very similar patterns in the hard packed sand.

A New Fossil Site in Alabama

Junie Moon looking for fossils sites

On our trip home from Memphis, we took a new route across Alabama. We drove Hwy 78 to Birmingham, and then south on the interstate to Montgomery. From there, we took Hwy 231 south to I-10, and from there, it was a straight shot home. Very nice drive, with no bad traffic. They have extended Hwy 78, exposing some wonderful new road cuts. At the exit for Hwy 22, we stopped to look around.