Zebra rock

I picked up a couple of pieces of intriguing rock in a market in Sydney a few years ago, and finally got around to looking it up. Made up of fine grained silt sized particles, it displays a quite astonishing variety of patterns all picked out in red banding on a creamy tan background. It turns out to come from the Kimberleys in Western Australia, where it outcrops in lenses in the Johnny Cake Shale member of the late Precambrian Randford Formation (what a great name), a succession of brown shales that settled, maybe seasonally, in a quiet body of water.

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There is, by seaside,
Touched by sand and suffocating in history,
A wood fence;

Its holes large, numerous,
Tone a rusted brown, worn by years of silence,
Splintering and weathered.

Watching, as the sign came down,
As the ocean went into hiding,
As women I never knew cradled their daughters,
As walls I came to befriend we adorned
Copper pans, smooth Formica, kitsch,
The heralded luck of the beach I never dared to argue

The smell of age creeping in,
The weariness of tough times tearing down the wallpaper

All as the fence gazed on, the same worn panels from years ago.

Now, as they fall, he stands like Nero, and breathes the air escaping my lungs.

vikingboybilly asked:

Are bronzor and bronzong made out of copper? AFAIK bronze rusts into a ruddy red/brown color, and copper rusts into the teal color we see on bronzor and bronzong.

Speaking as someone who has actually dug legit 3500-year-old bronze objects out of the dirt, no; corroded bronze is blue-green, much like copper.  Largely because bronze is, y’know, 90% copper.