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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

ABC Wednesday - X


ABC Wednesday has reached the difficult letter X.

After long thought (and some research) I've decided to offer
X

for
XENOLITH

The name xenolith comes from the Greek for "foreign rock". In strict geological terms it's a rock which has become embedded in a different type of rock while the latter was in a molten state (see this article) although the definition can be stretched to include a foreign fragment included in a sedimentary rock.
So I'm entitled to stretch a bit!

The series of photos below show a rough piece of slate (sedimentary rock) enclosing an almost spherical group of bright pyrite crystals.




I would certainly not want to use that slate on my roof - it's much too pretty!

ABC Wednesday was started by Mrs Nesbitt, and more participants can be found on the Anthology site or the Linky page.

A very good New Year to all of you.
May the best of the Old be the worst of the New.

16 comments:

Aileni said...

Xemplary!

CherryPie said...

It is far to pretty to hide away on a roof :-)

jams o donnell said...

new year to you and yours!

photowannabe said...

Very clever and original post for X.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year Dragon.

anthonynorth said...

That looks quite beautiful. Certainly not for the roof.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

They are very pretty. Is that an Irish saying about "The best of the old" etc? I like it. Happy 2009 to you and yours.

ellen b. said...

How very interesting...
We saw so many slate roofs in the Lake District of England...
Have a Happy New Year!!

Vicki said...

It's very beautiful!

Rinkly Rimes said...

I'm becoming increasingly intellectual through bloggng! Now I have to wait until someone asks me what your word means..... and I've forgotten it already! Very clever!

Dr.John said...

This one I really thought you couldn't come up with a rock for. Congratulations and Happy New Year.

jmb said...

Happy New Year Dragonstar. You do have the best collection of rocks.

ramblingwoods said...

X was a challenging one and you did a fine job...

krizcpec said...

Xceptional topic! Happy 2009!

Barbara said...

Once again, Dragonstar outdoes herself with these very hard letters !
Wishing you & your family a very Happy & Healthy New Year.
See you; my posting challenge is over !

magiceye said...

!!!! WISH YOU AND YOURS A SUPER 2009 !!!!

Poopsie Blue said...

That is an inspired X!