I've been told recently that collecting micrometeorites is as easy, basically, as placing a clean surface outside and picking through the debris you collect because thousands of tons of space dust and debris fall to Earth every day. That can't be all there is to it, can it? How do you know whether you're looking at Earth dust or space dust? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper
on Feb 27, 2013 -
I'd like to heat up a rock or piece of metal to drop in my chicken's water source to warm it up. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by cda
on Nov 29, 2012 -
I'm visiting family and we want to know more about these rocks
. What are they? How are they formed? When they break, what causes the breakage?
We are in the skirts of San Jose.
posted by bleary
on Jun 11, 2012 -
I buried a time capsule in our backyard 25 years ago. I'm not sure I remember where I buried it. Can you help me find it without tearing up the yard? [more inside]
posted by raztaj
on May 17, 2012 -
Day of the Dead---In desperate need for front landscaping makeover but want to DIY. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper
on Jan 17, 2012 -
I would like to send a rock to someone, hopefully a rock that I have in my region but that she doesn't have there. But I don't know very much about rocks or geology. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz
on Nov 9, 2011 -
At the Grand Canyon's southern rim's entrance gate this summer we passed by a 55 gallon drum apparently full of crushed rock adjacent to the toll gate. Inside was a #10 can. Outside was a label stating "NOT FOR TRASH". What -were- the rocks for?
posted by Ogre Lawless
on Jan 22, 2011 -
Can anyone identify these two rocks from near Hatch, Utah? Picture links included inside. One we're just wondering about. For the other, we're stumped, and the geologist we've asked had never seen a rock like it. [more inside]
posted by dragoon
on Nov 17, 2009 -
Are there any good rock hunting beaches in the southern half of Lake Michigan? Or just pebbly beahces as compared to the sandy dune topography I'm familiar with? [more inside]
posted by readery
on Feb 22, 2009 -
Tomorrow afternoon, I'm driving south on Hwy 1/Big Sur Coast Highway from Monterey to Lucia. I've never driven this road before, and I'll be alone. Thing is, it's supposed to rain hard tomorrow and apparently Big Sur Highway + lotsa rain = rock & mud slides. Unfortunately, dodging mudslides while driving along rainy cliffs aren't exactly skills I've developed living in pancake-flat Houston. Does it really get that treacherous? Should I postpone this trip for a less rainy season? If not, what are you supposed to do if you see a bunch of mud and rocks tumbling towards you and your rental car? [more inside]
posted by yeoja
on Feb 5, 2009 -
Can anyone help me find a source for otoliths, or the tiny stones found in the inner ear? Preferably mammalian, ideally primate or even human (I imagine that last one may be ethically way to far, no offense intended). [more inside]
posted by buzzv
on Feb 3, 2009 -
Mom's birthday filter: Mom is suddenly all about beading and gems and rocks. Any ideas for a cool, "every-rock-necklace-making-beading-enthusiast-should-have-this-___" present? [more inside]
posted by metajc
on Sep 21, 2008 -
Where, online, can I buy one of these
rocks? Ideally, I'd like to be able to chose from a selection.
posted by Rabulah
on May 9, 2008 -
How can I give my girlfriend an engagement ring with a stone made of moon rock? [more inside]
posted by ben242
on Jan 23, 2008 -
I'm no lapidary but I need to separate some sapphires from the surrounding rock and polish them (slightly, I want them to stay rough, no shaping/mounting.) How can I do this without spending multiple paychecks on professional lapidary stuffs? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre
on Jun 10, 2007 -
My girlfriend and I are driving from Lawrence, Kansas to Madison, Wisconsin soon, and on the way back, we want to find some fossils. [more inside]
posted by interrobang
on Aug 10, 2006 -
Deodorant rocks. What are they? What goes into them? Where do they come from? What's the history? Can they be made at home? Safety warnings or tips on use? Where should they be purchased from?
posted by saysthis
on Jul 6, 2005 -
Can anyone identify what type of material this rock
is made of? Its blue and purple and sort of sparkles, but that stuff is on a black material. Is it an odd piece of coal? Airplane goo? Dirty salt? I found it sitting in the middle of a parking lot near Boston... which seems like an odd place to find such a thing.
posted by jwells
on Jan 13, 2005 -
I'm looking for flash-based mp3 player (256 or 512MB) with a voice recorder and FM radio. Also need it to work as a USB mass storage device. So far I'm considering the iRiver iFP-100 series
or the Creative Muvo TX FM
. Are there any other good quality options I should consider? And what do you think of these two options? If they both work fine, the prices are a lot better for the muvo. Thanks!
posted by jacobsee
on Nov 11, 2004 -
There's already been a question on AskMe about engagement ring advice, but I'm looking for something a little different. My buddy just spent $10,000 on an engagement ring because his fiance is feeling the pressure of being a brand new attorney in NYC and wanting to look the part. He didn't want to, but he did it anyway, cause her family was giving her the "If he loves you, he'd spend the money" spiel and it was really getting to her.
What could he have done at that point? She's a great girl, just a little prone to doing what her family wants her to do, so "RUN" isn't an appropriate response. Also, what is an appropriate price? $10,000 is about two months salary, but it seems extreme.
Google's not really any help....strangers who I've interacted with (ala MeFites) are significantly better than strangers I have not (ala some random webpage).
posted by taumeson
on May 24, 2004 -