Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences August 7, 1995
Ron and Karen Nurnberg
Dear Mr. and Ms. Nurnberg:
I have looked at your rock, both generally and at the covered section you sent, shown it to people in our department and finally looked briefly at a polished slice in our electron microprobe.
It is unlike anything any of us have ever seen and, in a
I cannot find anything like it in the literature.
The mineralogy of the dark zones is predominantly
quartz (as a matrix and veining between the roundish bodies), potassium
feldspar and pure acmite (aegirine). There is also relatively abundant zircon and perhaps a silver tantalate type mineral.
The structure looks orbicular with a zoned orbicule like texture (a term used for igneous rocks consisting of orb-like clots).
The green cores of the orb-like clots are probably colored by a less acmite-rich pyroxene, but I did not have time to find an area to analyze during my probing of the polished section.
I will continue to examine the material once we have made a thin section
or two that we can examine with Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with
Back-Scattered Electron (BSE) Detector and with our electron microprobe.
I would ask if you have any samples that show different coloring or contacts with a
different kind of rock intact. You sent one piece with this sort of texture, but I
guess I am asking for one where the dark balls with green centers show some
variation in coloring as in a zoning pattern, from a coarse to a finer texture or from a different color to the green-
dark pattern of most of what you sent.
I would like to proceed on making a description of the rock for the literature
since this rock is obviously something new or at least unusual.
George E. Harlow
“It is unlike anything any of us have ever seen”
“I cannot find anything like it in the literature.”
“This rock is obviously something new or at least Unusual.”
American Museum of Natural History
Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences
*This analysis was not completed.
He sent a subsequent letter indicating we would have to provide location before
he would do further research to complete the analysis.
A more complete analysis was provided by Dr. Dave Douglass U.C.L.A whom was not interested in location.
specimen is nephrite, a variety of jade. To determine
this I looked at a thin section. What makes it unusual is the fact
that it has orbicular structure. “Orbicular” implies that the rock
contains “concentric shells of different texture and/or mineralogy
about a central core.”
afterwards by phone they said their conclusion of Nephrite was in
error and then said “We have never seen this type stone and cannot
figure out what it is and where it came from.”
National Museum of Natural History
Rock and Ore Collection
"Jadeite, a member of the pyroxene group has the formula:
(NA, AL, FE) SI2 06.
This is a much better fit to your X-ray energy dispersive analysis (EDX) results.
In conclusion I think it is Jadeite, and perhaps the special version Chloromelanite."
Dr. Dave Douglass
Retired mineralogical researcher UCLA.
"It is a fresh and Unusual alkalik
volcanic rock predominantly composed of the four minerals Quartz,
Anorthoclase, Riebeckite and
Aegirine. The light green spherules you see in the stone composed of radiating fibers are Riebeckite needles
mantled with fine grained Aegirine. The darker matrix is richer in Riebeckite and also contains more Quartz.”
Dr. Sid Williams
Consulting Petrographer. Globo De Plomo
Co-Author of Mineralogy of Arizona
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Soon after entering elementary school, he began to express a
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Sagan recalled taking his first trips to the public library alone, at the age of five, when his mother got him a library card.
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