Wednesday, April 2

Last load? (I hope I hope I hope!)

More rock hunting this morning, and a trailer that’s squealing from the heavy load. It takes a while to gather just the right rocks. We go maybe only a quarter mile total to find them, since our whole place is made of rock to start with. Good variety: Metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary. A couple of the rocks are pure white quartz. Not the best to put in a wall since the two we used were almost round which makes them hard to work in with mostly straight-edged rocks. One of them we couldn’t even use—when we picked it up it was so heavy it slipped out of our grasp and fell onto another rock and shattered! Inside was a cantaloupe-sized chunk of yellow metal. That must be what made it so heavy. It looks like brass, so it might be worth something. If we find the time, maybe we can take it in to a scrap metal dealer since copper is over $4 a pound and brass must be worth something, too.

3 comments:

Susan said...

What a huge project, but boy is it looking good.

The Chinese came over here when gold was discovered in and around the Palmer River and they had great success mining it. Gold and quartz live next to each other. Wouldn't it be nice if your rock discovery turned out to be a Chinese one like that?

Pete S. said...

Yours will be the first brass mine in that region! I'll give you $5/pound (7 Euro/kg) for all the brass you pull out of that quartz.

That wall is massive. It explains the slight wobble I've been noticing in the planet this week.

Tom Hurley said...

As I posted on the fourth, the neighbors are buying all the brass I’ve found so far. Your $5 offer is very generous, though. The neighbors are telling me that since it isn’t pure copper, it’s only worth $3 per pound, but at least this way I don’t have to drive clear down to town to sell it. Thanks anyway, Pete.

As for the wall causing the planet to wobble, I’m hoping it’s balanced by the Antarctic ice shelf breaking off, so pray for warmer weather!