Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What is it ?

Thought I would throw this out there and see what you think.  Pictured below is a "rock" I found fishing in western NY state.  It's about 5 inches in diameter and is unusual in it's near perfect roundness.  The rock is a grayish sandstone and the bottom is slighly concaved in contour.  It almost looks like a fossilized something or perphaps an Indian tool or artifact, neither would be out of the question for this region.  So what do you think ?


5 comments:

  1. I would guess something in the native american category. The groove on the side does not look "natural." Many of the fossils that would come from Western NY would be of a marine origin and date to a time prior to the Dinosaurs (~200 million years ago). It does not look like any fossil I have ever seen. Was this rock like any other rock in the area or found up stream of the area you found it in? If wasn't trransported by the stream and it's not like any other rocks in the area, that could indicate it was transported by ancient peoples to the location where you found it. It may seem and look unlikley but nature has worked some unbelievable shapes into rocks before also.

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  2. Kiwi - the sandstone of the rock is very typical of most of the rocks in the stream. It almost looks like a stone pulley

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  3. I can't give you an answer as to what it may be, but it sure is unique.
    Seeing that it came from an Adirondack stream, perhaps a few of Fran Betters flies would look nice placed on the stone.

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  4. Nice idea Brk Trt, it would make a nice background for photographing flies. BTW - the rock came from western NY out near the Buffalo area (lots of native Americans and fossils out that way)

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  5. I'm thinking if its sandstone its a water line over time that cause it. Indians tried to stay away from sandstone for its not a very sturdy. If you were grinding food with it you would have some added grit. If it were a hammer it would have broke. I'll stick with water eroded line mother nature made darn near round. Not to say and Indian never picked it up and said , "hey, cool rock". They were human too.

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