Thursday, September 6, 2012

Rose Rock/The Barite Rose



Precious and Semi-Precious Stones play a significant role in my life, mainly because they are from the Creator. While on vacation this summer in Oklahoma, I heard about the Rose Rocks. I could not rest until I had seen one.  I was in amazement when I saw the Rose Rock for the first time.  Joseph G. Stine and Nancy A. Stine wrote a book entitled, "The Rose Rock of Oklahoma" which gives information on this beautiful rock formed in the earth into the shape of a rose.  They are reddish because of the iron oxide in the sand.  According to the Joe and Nancy Stine the Barite Rose of Oklahoma can be found in a narrow vertical strip in the center of the state running North and South.  The primary source is in Noble, Oklahoma, East of Norman, Oklahoma. I am pleased to say that my fiancĂ© and I went digging for Rose Rock in the location mentioned, even though it was over 100 degrees, we were very successful in obtaining an ample amount of fully formed Rose Rocks.  

In the 1800s orders were given to remove the Cherokees and other Native Americans from Georgia to Oklahoma. Years later, this journey was called, "The Trail of Tears."

Thousands died on the way, and it is said that as the blood of the men and tears of the women fell upon the ground, the Rose Rocks were formed.  This of course is said to be a myth.

Dr. David London ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics Sarkey Energy Center 810 can also provide information on the history, geology, the age of the rock, and can tell you why they grow in Oklahoma.

I left Oklahoma with love for the State Rock, the Rose Rock. I have as much love for the Rose Rock as I do for the Precious and Semi-Precious Stones; they are gifts from God.  There is so much in the world to love and it keeps expanding.

Please check out the Rose Rocks!  They are awesome.

 

 www.roserockmuseum.com



  http://geology.ou.edu/
 


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