Drop stone

Read Charles Simic’s poem, Stone, below. It gives us some reflection time on a Sunday on the JR.

The cool thing about the core samples is that they contain secrets of the past, which help us make sense of climate and plate tectonics today and in the future. And even more exciting is that we can definitely say that we are the first people to see these sediments and drop stones! How many things in our natural world can we find that are so new and freshly discovered? Right, not many!

Glaciers carry drop stones. What stories do you think these drop stones contain?

Look at the map of where we are drilling and you can create a story based on this drop stone that was found at Latitude 56° 57.5896’N Longitude 147° 6.5973’W at 4187.0 m water depth and is approximately ~2.0 Ma in age.

Stone
By Charles Simic

Go inside a stone
That would be my way.
Let somebody else become a dove
Or gnash with a tiger’s tooth.
I am happy to be a stone.

From the outside the stone is a riddle:
No one knows how to answer it.
Yet within, it must be cool and quiet
Even though a cow steps on it full weight,
Even though a child throws it in a river;
The stone sinks, slow, unperturbed
To the river bottom
Where the fishes come to knock on it
And listen.

I have seen sparks fly out
When two stones are rubbed,
So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;
Perhaps there is a moon shining
From somewhere, as though behind a hill—
Just enough light to make out
The strange writings, the star-charts
On the inner walls.

Listen to Charles Simic read his poem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XODm-0K9TK4

Comments

Zoophycos Trace Fossil?

Dear Carol,

In the photo of the core, at the 21cm position of the left hand core, there is some bioturbidation visible, is it a side on view of a Zoophycos trace fossil?

Joseph

Trace fossil

Joseph
Yes, you are right on all accounts. Good spotting! Some beautiful cores coming up with lots to see.
All the best!