Me and my crazy rock collection

Collecting rocks and minerals is a fun way to learn about geology and it’s a hobby that I enjoy. I chose to right about this topic because I want to let those who have a collection, especially a rock collection, know that it’s awesome and unique to have something you find valuable and to forever be on the hunt to grow this passion.

According to an article by improvement.com, starting a rock collection is easy. It could begin at the most basic level by walking around outside and picking up eye-catching rocks. A casual stroll in one’s neighborhood could reveal many stones that may be attractive. The local territory is a great place to practice collecting and get comfortable with tools of the trade.

 I have my own rock collection that I am so dearly compassionate about. When I collect rocks, they must really look good. Something about them is different and attractive.

When I choose a rock, I typically clean them and store them in a box with the others in my collection. Extended exposure to water causes weathering to it, which can dramatically change the rocks appearance. I keep the rocks dry. Having a collection of anything is very special, and my rock collection has been a cool one to have.

According to a teacher at here at Cherokee High Earth Systems teacher, Mrs. Enstad, most of my rocks in my collection are quartz, and they are igneous and metamorphic rocks.

Ms. Enstad talked to me about some of my rock collection. She was very knowledgeable.

She also said that they are common to find here in Canton, GA. I have found that to be true. The only rock that I didn’t have was a sample of a sedimentary rock. She also said that you can see that my rocks are primarily igneous. One of the characteristics of this is the presence of what appears to be crystals. When a rock is metamorphic, these crystal appearances are gone.

The advice that she gave me is that when she looks for rocks, she looks for ones that are interesting to her and what she likes. Honestly, that’s the same for me.

According to an article by home science tools.com, collecting rocks and minerals is a fun way to learn about geology! Most kids are naturally inclined to pick up any ‘pretty’ rock that they see, which provides a great learning opportunity.

Interested in starting your own rock collection?

Start by keeping the interesting rocks you find on walks and hikes. This is a hobby for all ages that promotes skills in personal responsibility, organization, math, reading, and social skills when communicating with others passionate in the field. What starts as a collection could even eventually lead to a passion for the career. Consider that the Weinman Mineral Museum that opened as a modest collection in 1983 expanded into the internationally renowned exhibit at the Tellus Museum. Currently, there are seven large rock and mineral clubs in Georgia, three museums dedicated to gems/rocks/minerals, and at least two conferences hosted in Georgia. The rock collectors are in great company in Georgia! Here is more info on them if interested.

Geology students at Oregon State studying rock collections. This personal passion may lead to a promising science pathway.

According to an article by kidzrock.com, your child’s rock collection may just look like a pile of stones to you, but it’s more than a collection of pretty rocks. “When a child collects things, it teaches the child important skills that they use throughout their life, including how to organize and interact with others,” says Desmond Kelly, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at All Kinds of Minds in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  

Whatever the inspiration, personal collections can give people motivation and a source of happiness. The collection has little monetary value compared to the priceless joy it brings. From a life perspective, let the trail of your collection lead you to an adventure or sense of personal achievement.  

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