This is a specimen of the iron oxide, Goethite, named after the famed German writer/philosopher Goethe. I collected this grouping at the Steep Rock Iron Mine near Atikokan, Ontario – Canada. I am fascinated by the sculptural features of this specimen found in nature.

Featured at – ROCKS AND STONES – January 23, 2011

Comments

  • ritaagostinelli
    ritaagostinelliabout 5 years ago

    Yes Bill the sculptural features are quite interesting..more so than the coloring.. Nice capture! Do you actually have to dig for these specimens? How big are the specimens? It looks quite large! :))

  • Some I dig for but others are found on the surface of the old mine tailings. This piece is fist size and the sculpture form was caused by the slow flow of mineral rich water that deposited the iron oxide. You soon have rust red sinks in Atikokan because of the iron in the water . . . I often wonder what my insides look like after I drink the water . . . lol!

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • walela
    walelaabout 5 years ago

    Very intriguing capture.

  • Thanks for your comment. . . :D

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • ritaagostinelli
    ritaagostinelliabout 5 years ago

    Goodness Bill….don’t drink the water!! Lol!! But then again some iron is good …true? Lol!!

  • Yep. . .especially after surgery !

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • ritaagostinelli
    ritaagostinelliabout 5 years ago

    Ok…now that sounds positive..guess it’s ok!♥

  • Laura E  Shafer
    Laura E Shaferover 3 years ago

  • Thank you for choosing this image/rock to be featured. You just made my day!!

    – Bill Morgenstern

  • SUBI
    SUBIover 3 years ago

    this is a ripper Bill, congratulations, well done :)

  • Thanks for your comment. Love it, “it” does look like a ripper . . .:D

    – Bill Morgenstern

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