This may be a risky post. By showing the picture above, I may be startling some into the realization that not all of the rocks at Roundrock are round rocks.
In fact, we have a good number of oddly shaped rocks that formed at the same time and in the same manner as our beloved round rocks. I found this beauty during my near-fatal solo march through the woods some weeks back. In my delirium, I was snapping pix of just about everything, as I found that evening when I downloaded my shots.
Most of our round rocks are spheres. Some have a small hole in their sides. Some have a nipple so that they approach teardrop shape. We’ve found two that L has dubbed “platypus skulls” (try to picture that!), and she set them on her island so that they are kissing. I should get a picture of those some time and post it.
The rock above is waiting for me to return to examine it more closely. The broken end exposing the cavity suggests that it might be hollow, which would make it different from nearly every other round rock we have found. The round rocks resulting from the meteor impact in the area are solid, with a bit of blue-green shale at the center. Though the comparison is not precise, you can think of the rocks forming the way a pearl forms around a bit of sand in the mineral rich innards of a clam. Or you can imagine them forming as hailstones do, though this got a reporter from the Discovery Channel in trouble when he reported on the newly discovered impact site. He said that the round rocks were raining down from the heavens as companions to the meteor. Ain’t the case.
But I digress.
Some day my feet will steer me back to this rock, and I’ll give it a look-see. Maybe I’ll have discovered a true geode, though it would be unique in the entire county if it were so. And if I don’t already have a backpack full of other rocks, I’ll bring this one to the shelter to add to our collection.