Unusual Request-Sand Samples

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Big__AL, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. skag

    skag ResistsEnlightenment

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    I am headed for Death Valley, I'll see if I can get at least a few samples.
  2. Octarine

    Octarine Adventurer

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    Does it have to be a 1/4 cup? I have a small coke bottle of sand I picked up in Northern Malawi when I was travelling there in 1988. I want to keep it for obvious reasons - site of my first (and only!) bike crash on a R75/6:)

    I would be willing to send you a smaller sample if that's ok. I just need to keep most of it!
  3. Big__AL

    Big__AL Been here awhile

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    yes!!
  4. Big__AL

    Big__AL Been here awhile

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    Any sample is wonderful!!!
  5. BingoRyder

    BingoRyder Been here awhile

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    No no no no no no no no Dont take anything from Hawaii == Very bad KARMA.:evil:evil:evil
  6. Cheap Weenie

    Cheap Weenie Adventurer

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    Would you like some sand (spodumene) from Australia? I've got about 1700 tons at the moment, could probably spare a quarter cup. :-)
  7. Big__AL

    Big__AL Been here awhile

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    Yes, Please.....
  8. Big__AL

    Big__AL Been here awhile

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    Got it today, thanks. It is really cool!
  9. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Hey Big Al...I've been kinda wondering...

    do any of the tons of sand samples really stand out as being different from the others???

    any black sand, or any white sand?? how 'bout orange??
    any favorites....and why so???
    is there any sand samples that you haven't received that you'd really love to get yer hands on???( like rare specimens??)
    and what about all the different locations...any favorites there too??


    I'd love to hear alittle summary of what you've gotten from all these wonderful inmates. Might be quite fascinating! :deal :clap
  10. Big__AL

    Big__AL Been here awhile

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    Sure, Let me start by saying that ADVRider has been, by far, my best source for sand samples. The response has been AMAZING!!! Chickmcgyver sent me sand from Tasmania, one her samples is high on my list, it has purpleish garnets it is AND magnetic hematite. The coolness of that combination is hard to beat. Purple magnetic sand from tasmania!!!

    Also Kenny61 sent me sand he collected during the first Gulf War...Kuwait. That is pretty special.

    Krashdragon hooked me up with a friend who picked me up samples from all around Oahu.

    I think the coolest is the many who have just gone for rides around their home states and picked up sand from whereever, and included pics of the trips. That seems like I gave them a fun scavenger hunt.

    Now to explain a little further, I use the sands to trade with other sand collectors from around the world. I have 180 different sands to trade, but with this collateral, I have built a collection of about 1200 sample. In that collection I have so many amazing samples it is hard to know where to start. I will just name a few of the top of my head:
    Great Wall of China
    The Great Pyramid
    Yellowstone Lake
    Gettysburg Battlefield
    Petra
    Purdue Bay on the North Slope
    Slave Lake in Canada
    Omaha Beach
    IwoJima

    As far as interesting samples from a geological stance:
    Purple, Pink, Orange, Green, black, white, silver (like glitter), and pink seashells.

    I have star shaped sand from Okanawa, and sand that is 55million yo petrified shrimp pellets from here in TX.

    As far as sands I would still like to get my hands on? Humm that is hard. You never know what might be in your backyard. Really there is no such thing as "ordinary" sand. Every sample has a geologic story to tell and connects me to some person and place. So what sand do I want? Sand from your backyard, sand from your local river or lake. And of course, if you happen to ride to some volcano, or climb some mountian, or visit Bethlehem, well I would love those too!! And especially something odd geologically, I was just looking at maps and seeing that there is likely some obsidian sand in Oregon. That would be cool!
  11. Big__AL

    Big__AL Been here awhile

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    Here are some pics
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    Shrimp Fecal Pellets
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    Here is how I have the collection displayed at school.
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  12. Big__AL

    Big__AL Been here awhile

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    Big__AL Been here awhile

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    Oh one more thing, in addition to having the collection on display for the students I created this fun lesson where the students solve a murder by looking at the properties of different samples of sand in our "Crime Lab!"

    I just want you all to know that I am using the sand and teaching kids with it. And everything I have recieved has been awesome, and if you are wondering if you have something to offer me, the answer is YES> Go to the nearest river, lake, or beach and grab me a bag of sand!! Heck even a road grade or a rock quarry can produce a cool sample!!
  14. skag

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    Yo Big Al....

    I shipped 4 Death Valley samples an Sat., 4 to 9 day delivery they tell me.
    Looks like they will be put to good use. I'll keep your project in mind. Most of my ramblings are around Ca. and western Nv. with an occasional foray to Baja.

    Steve
  15. Big__AL

    Big__AL Been here awhile

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    Got em in the mail today, they are awesome thanks.
  16. ULY-RPG

    ULY-RPG cool hands adv

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    I have some sand from the island of Maui Hawaii. The sand is a mix from a few different beaches. I would love to send some out to you. Maybe even a few samples from the small ravine near me!:ear