Wayne County Gem and Mineral Club member Jim Rienhardt collects sand. In the November WCGMC Newsletter he tells us how and why. I thank him for letting me republish the article here.
by Jim Rienhardt:
Rock to sand to rock: Rock collectors collect on both ends. So do I, but I also collect from the middle – the sand. And, I am not alone. There are many, many people who collect sand and have tens of thousands of samples. But why, isn’t sand uninteresting? The same may be said by someone who doesn’t understand collecting rocks.
In the late 19th century, building technology and urban development led to taller multistory buildings. Office and apartment buildings grew vertically. Naturally this led to new opportunities for creativity and invention and the Post Office Department was looking for improved methods to collect and move the mail from these buildings.
The idea of creating mail chutes to optimize the collection of outgoing mail from the taller buildings sounds like a simple innovative solution that should have occurred as soon as tall buildings were built. But it took until 1883 for the mail chute to be invented and the first installation was right here in Rochester, New York.
Those of you who frequent the Geologyin.com webpage, or who are members of the Facebook Group “Amazing Geology” may have seen these stories in mid-October. It is a lesson in always keeping your eye on the rocks around you. Or perhaps to watch the sky for falling rocks!
Linda Schmidtgall is the new President of the Wayne County Gem and Mineral Club. A little bit ago she wrote a story about her experiences with falling which was published in the September WCGMC newsletter. With permission I republish here.
Rockhounds have to learn how to fall. It is actually very important to do it with grace. BUT you do want to make sure someone is watching or you will waste a good fall. It seems I take at least one great trip down a hill or something every year. A few I recall are: