Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12/21/11 Report - $33 Million More For Sand

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Small Ladies Ring With Emerald and Diamonds Found on Treasure Coast Beach

One more example of the kind of thing I was talking about the other day - small ladies rings bearing gems.  There is not much metal on this ring.  Use too much discrimination, and you might miss it.

Over $30 million in tax payer dollars will be spent to dump 800,000 tons of sand on nearly 8 miles of Brevard County beaches.

The sand will be coming from east of Port Canaveral.

Here is the link to that story, which was submitted by Rodney K.|topnews|text|Home

They say they are afraid that the condominiums will be washed away if there was a hurricane.  Why did they build there then?

I can't get into trying to make sense of all that nonsense.  I'll just have to let it go at that or I'll spend my whole day on that one topic.

Thanks for the submission Rodney.

A few days ago I showed a photo of a fossil bone that I thought might have been broken and the marrow removed.  I wondered if it might have been done by humans.  

Fred D., who knows a lot about fossils, sent me an email giving some good information about that fossil bone.

Here is what Fred said.

....the bone is a cannon bone (lower leg) either from deer or one of the many species of small horse we had here in Florida. As for the marrow: there are a great number of reasons why it disintegrates from within. 1. a fracture allows bacteria in to hasten the decay of the soft material, 2. already broken and the elements do the job (water action mostly), 3. deliberately hollowed out by a another animal, insects, worms or human. In this case, the human factor might NOT be a factor. It looks extremely mineralized giving a clue to its fossilized state. Perhaps long before human occupation . ALTHOUGH EARLY PALEO CAN NOT BE TOTALLY RULED OUT. There could be an ancient Paleo campsite sitting off the beach in 30 feet of water along with its refuse pile. Remember Florida was much wider than today.

Of that same fossil, Fred went on to say,  It looks to have been recently tossed about and has suffered recent breaks (the gray chipping). As for the cut marks...if I could see them I could get a better shot at identifying them. A cut mark is a cut mark; no two ways about it. However, many rolls and tumbles in a moving body of water can produce scratches and gouges that appear to be cut marks. One must spend time with a microscope or jewelers loop and make comparisons with ancient cutting tools.

I personally enjoy fossils, but have not studied that field.  I really appreciate the knowledge of this blog's readers.  Thanks Fred.

The wind is coming from the south.  The predictions are for seas down around three feet for the next few days, but when I looked at the ocean this morning, it actually looked rougher. also appeared that the surf had been higher on the beach than I would have expected.  Nonetheless, the conditions were poor.  There is a lot of mushy sand out there.   And surprisingly, I didn't see any shell piles yet.

I'm giving a 1 (poor) rating for current beach conditions and am not expecting any real changes for a few days.

Happy hunting,