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  1. #1 Introducing Myself - TJ. Fichtelman 
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    Hello reader(s)!

    My name is Tristan Fichtelman, but I go by TJ. Or Hound (Rock Hound). Whatever tickles your fancy. I am Coloradoan, and a Junior in high school. I go to GOAL Academy here. I am doing this neat program called concurrent enrollment in my school. It allows me to complete college course while doing high school course. I plan to graduate with an Associate's Degree of Science. I am a Leave No Trace Trainer, and was also inducted into the National Honor Society in..... May? I am pretty sure it is May. I am an enormous fan of gaming, and consider it one of my greatest passions. It is an art form like many others, in my opinion. I love geology almost as much. Science strikes a special cord with me. The ability to explain things in the world that the majority would consider "supernatural" or "miraculous" is a very neat thing in my mind. Another thing to know about me is that I am a huge advocate for the military. When I reach my twenties, I plan on enlisting in the Army and becoming an Army Ranger for 4 years (or more, if required of me). If I get out, I will continue my education (for free, thanks to the military) and move on to the University of Colorado Springs, and getting a Bachelor's.

    Ah, too much rambling. My bad. If you want to talk about ANYTHING, anything at all, I would be positively thrilled to do so. Whether it be science, life in general, electronics, whatever; I am here. See you on the forum!


    -Rock Hound (TJ)


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    Welcome to the forum, TJ.

    It sounds as though you have a lot of motivation and a plan in place to allow you to experience service for your country and an opportunity for continued learning. It is uncommon, in my experience, to encounter many youth who have contemplated their options that far in advance.

    I wish you every success in reaching and furthering your personal goals. I'll watch for your posts and meanwhile, enjoy the forum.


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    Duplicate post. ISP malfunction, lol.
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    Thank you, your support is much appreciated. I will be seeing you on the forums!

    -Rock Hound
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    Welcome to the forum. As a graduate geologist I shall be looking for any of your posts on Earth Sciences with interest.
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    Ahoy there , good to have you aboard as part of the crew just watch out for the wenches.

    So do you know what kind of rock this is? Don't help him crew!

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    Well, it would perform very badly as an airborne 'toy'.
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    Ah, cool! Someday I might have to pick your brain and learn a few things! I am just starting with geology, but really love doing it.
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    @cosmictraveler: Ummm..... NO IDEA. Do you have any pictures unpolished and not buffed? I have never seen a rock like that.... Looks almost like it is fluorescent, but I doubt it... Is it some sort of polished opal? It is a pretty large piece. Plus, it is hard to tell from just a picture. All sorts of other tests would need to be ran, hardness, streak, HCI reaction, specific density, and possibly an unpolished specimen. I don't know, sorry. What is it?

    And thanks, I will watch out for them salty wenches, Cap'n.

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    Hint...

    You have never seen a rock like that but you have now seen an image of such a rock...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    So do you know what kind of rock this is?
    A rocky one?
    No wait! It's a green rocky sort of rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock Hound View Post
    What is it?
    I gave you a contorted, cryptic crossword clue, in my earlier post.

    Well, it would perform very badly as an airborne 'toy'

    Kites are airborne toys, though aficionados of kiting would object to calling them toys, hence the quotation marks.

    The French for bad is mal. Hence, mal-a-kite. Malachite, a copper ore. Very distinctive.
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    One can also right click on the image, copy the image location and then do an image search using Google images.

    https://www.google.ca/imghp?gws_rd=ssl

    It will provide you with plenty of leads to investigate.
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    Ah of course! Malachite! Clever use of words! I have 3 or 4 samples, raw samples, here at home. They indicate the presence of copper, correct? Because of the turquoise like color? Same with azurite, except azurite is blue rather than green... Very interesting sample! I will have to keep that in mind. Say, what makes the color black around the green? My specimens are all more of a grayish or white color. I have not seen one surrounded by black before. Well, now I have but....

    Neat!
    -RH
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