Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario


One Word Photo Challenge: Clear

Halite aka Sodium Chloride aka NaCl aka plain old ordinary salt of the earth This cleavage of clear halite measures 2.5 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm and comes from salt mines in Goderich, Ontario. Some minerals are trickier to photograph than others. Anything shiny, lustrous, black like patent leather, and especially clear specimens are particularly challenging. I find, anyway. I learned the trick of placing text behind the specimen as a […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Mustard

OK – I’m taking huge liberties with this blog challenge. My take on “mustard” is this honey-mustard or Grey Poupon mustard-coloured calcite specimen. It is an example of a speleothem – or cave calcite. The layered portions are similar to onyx and the bubbly, blobby bits are popcorn calcite. We found this in a tufa outcrop along a river near our home. The spring runoff of 2008 eroded away a great mass of the […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Livid

Plumbogummite from Yangshuo Mine, China 3.0 x 2.7 x 1.0 cm The mineral is named from the Latin “plumbum” for lead, and “gummi” for gum, in allusion to its lead content and appearance at times as drops or coatings of gum. What I learned today? That livid means Inspired by Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge

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Graphite for Moo

For Moo This may not be the largest graphite specimen in the world… but it is one of the largest graphite balls! Balls of Graphite in calcite matrix from Gooderham, Ontario The overall specimen measures 3.5 x 3.0 x 2.5 cm The largest ball measures 0.5 cm The balls are composed of micro crystals of graphite. Dr. John A. Jaszczak is crazy nuts for graphite. His website has a ton of […]

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