What is it?

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Re: What is it?

Postby ferrit worrier » 11 Nov 2013, 9:38am

BeeKeeper wrote:A fossil sponge or coral?


No, it's underground, mineral, a formation, but what?

Try the link to the Derbyshire caving club website; www.derbyscc.org.uk

look at the pictures on the home page, they scroll every few seconds. The clue is in there :)

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Re: What is it?

Postby Geoff.D » 11 Nov 2013, 9:57am

A vein of Blue John?

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Re: What is it?

Postby ferrit worrier » 11 Nov 2013, 10:41am

Geoff.D wrote:A vein of Blue John?


Gadzooks sir, Blue John, nay that stuff is from Derbyshire. This particular specimen is underground at Alderley Edge
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Re: What is it?

Postby BeeKeeper » 11 Nov 2013, 10:56am

Blue John? Our local cheese shop sells that. Made in Somerset I think not Derbyshire.

ferrit worrier wrote:The clue is in there :)

But only if you know the answer!

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Re: What is it?

Postby Geoff.D » 11 Nov 2013, 10:59am

Forsooth, Sire, I am mistaken indeed. Mine assumption being that yon "Blue Shaft" be compsitted with ye old Blue John. Is't The Blue Shaft thine subject? If this be not the case, I shall fall on my sword forthwith.

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Re: What is it?

Postby ferrit worrier » 11 Nov 2013, 11:30am

Geoff.D wrote:Forsooth, Sire, I am mistaken indeed. Mine assumption being that yon "Blue Shaft" be compsitted with ye old Blue John. Is't The Blue Shaft thine subject? If this be not the case, I shall fall on my sword forthwith.


Be not to hasty falling on ones sword good knight. one mentions "Blue Shaft" hast thee been upon the website aforementioned? for indeed there is in fact a reference to such place. As Yoda would say " A visit again it might be worth" :D
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Re: What is it?

Postby 661-Pete » 11 Nov 2013, 11:40am

(*googles*)

?????
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Re: What is it?

Postby ferrit worrier » 11 Nov 2013, 12:05pm

661-Pete wrote:(*googles*)

?????


This is the sort of shaft we're meaning

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Square shaft Alderley Edge


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Re: What is it?

Postby bumper » 11 Nov 2013, 6:03pm

Contains copper?

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Re: What is it?

Postby ferrit worrier » 11 Nov 2013, 6:10pm

bumper wrote:Contains copper?


Yes :D Getting close :wink:
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Re: What is it?

Postby cycleruk » 14 Nov 2013, 7:08pm

O.K. - F.W What is it?. :D
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Re: What is it?

Postby 661-Pete » 14 Nov 2013, 8:45pm

ferrit worrier wrote:
bumper wrote:Contains copper?


Yes :D Getting close :wink:

Then it's the Tardis!!?*
*line of thought: contains copper -> police box -> tardis

The 'sensible' answer is presumably that it's some sort of copper ore, e.g. malachite or chalcopyrite. My chemistry's very rusty...
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Re: What is it?

Postby cycleruk » 14 Nov 2013, 8:52pm

661-Pete wrote:
ferrit worrier wrote:
bumper wrote:Contains copper?


Yes :D Getting close :wink:

Then it's the Tardis!!?*
*line of thought: contains copper -> police box -> tardis

The 'sensible' answer is presumably that it's some sort of copper ore, e.g. malachite or chalcopyrite. My chemistry's very rusty...

If it's going "rusty" then it must have iron in it. :?
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Re: What is it?

Postby ferrit worrier » 14 Nov 2013, 9:19pm

It's Chrysocolla.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysocolla

although Wiki shows it as a rock, At Alderley It's formed when water percolates through the sand stone that forms the escarpment of Alderley Edge, as the water soaks downwards it leeches out the elements of Copper and a number of other minerals when it comes out into the mine workings these elements are deposited on the walls and floors and roofs od the chambers shafts and passageways. In it's wet state it's very vivid when it dries out it becomes pale and insipid. Unlike Stalactites and Stalagmites that are formed from Calcium and are very hard these deposits are quite fragile.
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Chrysocolla close up


this is the original picture


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The wall in Blue shaft

The wall from where the close up was taken


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Same but from slightly higher up

same again but from higher up.


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Looking down Blue shaft to the Hough Level

The Chrysocolla rums over the edge of the shaft and goes all the way down to the bottom. The photographs were taken from about 120 feet under ground, the shaft goes down about another 60 feet

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Higher up in the roof of the chamber

If you look closely in the middle of the picture there is a small light blue colour, that again is Chrysocolla, to get close to it you always get very wet with water dripping, I didn't want to risk damaging the camera in there.

You were getting close to the answer, the picture of the wall is on the Caving club website on the home page watch the pictures scroll round. www.derbyscc.org.uk

Nice one guys :D

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Re: What is it?

Postby Ray » 14 Nov 2013, 9:39pm

ferrit worrier wrote:It's Chrysocolla.

Of course! 'Twas on the tip of my tongue :wink:

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