you don't any plans for today then break out your fossils because it's
Old Rock Day! I'm not sure how or why this started but people
have admired the beauty of old rocks for years. Let's get
into celebrating Old Rock Day!
WHY IS THIS A
I'm really not sure who started this holiday or why they
this day but we've been in awe of the beauty of old rocks for years.
Some people even go as far as making jewelry or art out of these rocks.
Can you remember the first time you saw a fossil in an old
It's always interesting to find the imprint of past lives in random
rocks, especially when you find them on the tops of mountains!
Geology, the study of solid Earth, has been around since at
ancient Greece in the 4th century B.C. when Theophrastus wrote Peri
Lithon, AKA On Stones. It was a book about the gem stones they knew
about in that time period. Some rocks are seen as valuable because of
their beauty and because they're so hard to find.
In 1074, Shen Kua
came up with a hypothesis on how land was formed after observing
fossils of shells in rocks up in the mountains of China, hundreds of
miles from the ocean. I remember finding fossils of shells as
was digging in my backyard and we live on the side of a mountain. I was
pretty amazed to find that when we live miles from the ocean, in
Pennsylvania. And in the 1800s, William Smith started coming
with a way to organize the different layers of rocks in the Earth by
the fossils contained in them. We still don't have the Earth
completely figured out, but these old rocks still have our attention
which is as good of a reason to celebrate as any!
So how are you going to celebrate today? Well, you could show
someone your collection if you're already collected some fossils or
unique rocks. I know I have a nice collection of stones and
minerals that I've gathered over the years. Or you could go
random shops near you, buy some rocks and make some jewelry or art out
of them. Or take the easy route and order some unique rock jewelry ;).
you can go outside and go on an old rock hunt yourself! There are
fossils all over the place and some places even let you dig for
diamonds. This is a good way to get you outside and have a little
adventure for the day. It'll be a lot more rewarding when you find your
special, old rocks. You could even head to some local museums
check out some fossil-filled rocks they have on display. This is one of
the best ways to ensure that you see some truly old rocks and some
amazing fossils too. Be prepared for a lot of "ooo's and
Whatever you decide to do, I hope your day is filled with old