When I was a young teen, I found a peculiar rock in my Uncle Dale’s hog lot.
Background: my aunt and uncle have a farm (with hogs) and I visited there many times while growing up.
The Farm was always a good rock hunting area. The tilling always turned up cool stuff– mostly geodes. Sometimes there were arrowheads. And the gravel road out front always had many agates for the finding.
This particular rock I found peeking out of the earth in the lot where the hogs hung out occasionally in the summer:
I saw the interesting yellow and red vein in the grey rock and grew curious. So I started to unearth it.
And much like an iceberg, there was a lotion below the soil that I had anticipated.
The thing is the size of a bowling ball. And it weighs a friggin ton!
Naturally after digging it up, I brought it home for my collection. And there it has stayed, mostly forgotten. But every now and again my thoughts stray back to it.
I mean, what is its origin? It could be a glacial deposited stone, but it isn’t the typical granite that you see with those.
In fact, this rock doesn’t look like quartzite, or feldspar, or chert, or gneiss, or any of the typical types of rock found in Iowa geology.
This thing is very smooth– oddly smooth. And there are these funny, teardrop shape formations on it– not to mention the odd yellow/red crystalline pockets.
Formed how? Smoothed by flowing water?? Heating/melting as it dove through the atmosphere? Who knows.
Whatever it is, it ain’t from around here. At least that’s what I’m thinking.
I kinda want some professional geologists to take a look at it and give me a more learned opinion as to just what the fuck it is.