Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Rose Rocks

we went shopping in oklahoma city today and decided to take a 
look at the timberlake rose rock museum in noble on the way home.
noble, oklahoma is the rose rock capital of the world. 

rose rocks are aggregates of barite (barium sulfate) crystals and sand whose
iron content gives them a reddish hue. the barite crystals form a circular array 
of flat plates, giving the rock a shape similar to a rose blossom. 
oklahoma designated the barite rose as the official state rock in 1968. 
they're found in only a few rare places around the globe, and are most
common in and near central oklahoma. an old cherokee legend says the 
rocks represent the blood of the braves and the tears of the maidens who
 made the  devastating "trail of tears" journey in the 1800's to oklahoma.
they can be found singularly or in clusters with only two roses to as many
 as hundreds of roses. some clusters weigh hundreds of pounds.

I-40 Oklahoma City
 i like passing under the "sky-dance pedestrian bridge" 
(inspired by the scissor-tail state bird). 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for talking up Rose Rocks & the museum in Noble =D