Monday, February 07, 2005

An island mystery

posted by Chet at 1:46 PM UTC

Here's a pic of my friend Felix holding a rock that was at the house when we arrived in December. I assume it was found somewhere nearby by one of my children or grandchildren.

The rock is hard, black, and has a nice heft in the hand. It is unlike any other rock I have seen in the Bahamas. These islands are the highest standing parts of a carbonate bank, made entirely of a soft white limestone.

The rock in Felix's hand is in fact volcanic, although there are no volcanoes here, nor have there ever been. So where did the rock come from and how did it get here? The surprising answer tomorrow.