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Names for Rounded Pebbles

Once this page is finished, it will help you figure out the names of rounded pebbles found in natural gravels in the Chicago area.  

For now, we recommend that you:
bulletBreak your rock.  (We show you how, below)
bulletTry to identify it by going back to this page.
  

Breaking Rocks

Rounded pebbles may be easier to identify if you 
break them, so you can see a fresh surface.  (However,
if you like your pebble just the way it is, you can also
wet its surface to get a better look at its true colors
and textures.)

To break rocks, you should have:
bulletAn adult to supervise.
bulletGoggles to protect your eyes.
bulletShoes and long pants to protect your feet and legs.
bulletGloves to protect your hands.  (Oops -- Ethan forgot his gloves!)
bulletA bare spot of dirt to protect your lawn and sidewalks.
bulletA special rock or brick hammer (that won't break easily).

Here's a Website with more information about safety
for rock collectors:
   < http://www.fi.edu/fellows/payton/rocks/safety/index.html >

   


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This page was created on May 2, 2001, and it was last updated on July 27, 2002.