Alan and I are out at the rock yard right now using the rock saw to fraction some of our samples. We have already gotten the larger rock saw #2 up and running and used it on a piece of the Catoctin.
Here is a picture of workman Alan checking the drainage system with his trusty wrench.
Now take a gander at red hair extraordinaire working that metabasalt smooth on the grinding wheel.
Here is a picture of the finished product. It may be hard to tell but the chlorite shows up well as the greenish-blueish-grayish color (as described by Alan).
Compare that against the other metamorphic mineral found in the Catoctin, epidote which shows up nicely in this sample cut yesterday as the pistachio green color.
Keep checking back for updates, and forgive any sloppiness this is my first attempt at live blogging.
Also check out Alan’s blog as he live blogs about this too at:
Alan’s Devonian mudcrack just made it through the other side slightly worse off but nonetheless interesting.
Next to the guillotine is a sample of the Roseland anorthosite.
Here are some pictures of the last few samples: the mudcrack, the Roseland, and a serpentinite (in order).