Did You Know? (Exciting Petrologic Discovery)

After a lifetime of collecting, studying, admiring and climbing on rocks, I have made an exciting petrologic discovery that answers that nagging, ages old question, especially in New England: “Why do rocks seem to multiply and grow?”  I have discovered that rocks, like turtles, hatch from shells.  In the photos here you can see some of them in the process of emerging from their shells.  Also, rocks grow, and like snakes they shed their skin as they grow.  You can also see some of the more mature rocks here shedding their skin.

Rocks mate in the spring and the young hatch in the winter when the cold speeds up their metabolism, after varying lengths of gestation periods depending upon the type of rock (whether igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic), ranging from 10 to 100 years.  That is why we have more rocks in New England than Florida, for example, where it is warmer year round.  Of course there are rocks everywhere because we had an ice age about 20,000 years ago, which resulted in an explosive birth rate of rock populations around the globe.  Since that time however, the warmer climates have lost and not been able to replace their rock populations, which are now mostly sand, while we in the Northeast always have plenty of fresh new rocks to move around, and build stonewalls, foundations and gardens with.  Cape Ann seems to have the ideal climate for rock propegation and growth.

E.J. Lefavour

About E.J.

Artist, researcher, writer, spiritual traveler of this fascinating orb we inhabit, lover of life and all it has to offer. Hi everyone out there in GMG land. My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour (a/k/a “Ejay Khan” – the pseudonym I used during my years as a political activist artist). I moved to Cape Ann in September of 2010, and was thrilled to be invited by Joey to become a daily contributor to Good Morning Gloucester in December of that year. I am a painter, photographer and writer who has lived and worked as an artist for 20 years, since leaving the corporate world in 1990 to pursue my passion. My contributions to GMG will consist of images (either my paintings, photographs, montages or the occasional video) and a little history about the image, called “Did you Know?” I hope to come up with tidbits of information that people don’t already know, or had forgotten they knew. As I am new here, everything is new and fascinating to me, especially the amazing history, so bear with me if I post something that is common knowledge – I’ll eventually come up with something that’s new to you. As an artist, I will also write about the incredible art scene on Cape Ann. Please take a minute to comment on my posts, like them or not, especially if you have corrections or something to add, as that is how I, and all of us, learn. Have a Good Morning Gloucester, and a blessed day.
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12 Responses to Did You Know? (Exciting Petrologic Discovery)

  1. Dear E.J.
    Thanks for my “Chuckle of the Day.” You have a great imagination…speaking of which, if you look at the large boulder in the back of your last photo, he reminds me of a giant turtle advancing towards the camera, with one large webbed foot in front. I can even see two beady eyes. (But it looks like a dinosaur took a chuck out of his back.)

  2. Meg Lee says:

    Thanks E.J.
    Now we know!

  3. judy says:

    Daw.. they’re so cute when they’re babies!

  4. Greg says:

    Perfect deadpan. It’s like all the Did You Knows up to this point have been a set up for this one. I’m a stone person too.

  5. Patty Knaggs says:

    Did you learn this at the Colorado School of Mines? :)

  6. Gail Green says:

    This explains so much, and makes me feel so relieved that I finally understand pet rocks! Some time after adopting a few small rocks many years ago, I discovered they were gone. Now I know that when I lined them up on the porch they were getting their first fling at freedom, and when they matured they left for bigger pastures, returning as it were, to their roots in the soil. Of course ‘petrology’ is the root of the word ‘pet’ as applied to rocks. Etymology always comes through! Thank you for this thoughtful and validating article. My guilt at ‘losing’ my rocks is gone; I didn’t abandon them, they left home. Again I repeat, “How relieved I am!”

  7. E.J. says:

    Patty, I never heard of the Colorado School of Mines, but any school that has a school mascot named Blaster the Burro and studies rocks has to be cool. Maybe they’d be interested in learning about my discovery. BTW, Great interview with Karen Ristuben on the Cultural District!
    Gail, I believe that pet rocks are bred in captivity and are a domesticated variety of the wild rocks we see around Cape Ann. I’m sure they instinctively know they belong with the earth and were probably thrilled to gain their freedom, and by now may have turned feral.

  8. How I love our ole “Yankee humor…………..thanks folks for making me smile today.

  9. Paul Morrison says:

    One of my jobs in the spring was to till my father’s garden and lug the rocks out. Year after year more rocks grew in that garden. No other way to explain it. That was on the other Cape and there is way more starting material here but the growth rates of the baby rock nursery in the garden seems similar.

  10. Black Swan Beth says:

    lol!!! hilarious and written so well! :) There is a rock family reunion in what I would love to someday call my backyard.

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