Our occasional memo stones from mountains

Our occasional memo stones from mountains

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They keep us close with mountains.........

Memo stone 10
Memo stone 16
Memo stone 11
Memo stone 18

When we are doing our trip through mountains we can find something interesting and take it as "a souvenir". It can be, e.g. a bird's feather, a fallen leaf or flower of plant having original shape or colour, or even a dried up piece of plant as a whole if it is small enough. However, most often this "souvenir" is a stone, the symbol of mountains. Such collected stones have various shape, colour and are of different origin.
However, if we read comments attached to this album there appear some questions. What may we do in mountains? All the members of SP know that mountains are very fragile ecosystems. The best behaviour there is to leave only footprints. I am a single trekker, all which I need in mountains I have in my backpack. During my 10-14-days activity in mountains I do not leave there nothing more than any animal. All 21 stones presented in album were sampled since 1958 up today, that means 0.42 stone per year. This is a way telling you how to collect anything in mountains. No stone is from summits, no stone is from steep and quickly eroded slopes, no stone is from the protected areas like natural reserves, national parks, etc. Most often my stones were taken at the bottoms of mountains, from quarries, from trails made by man or were selected from denudated rocky mass. Looking at the huge industrial "achievements" of people in mountains in form of bridges, railways, devastated slopes for skiing, huge hotels, energetic lines, I am, as a real biologist, very conscious of the specific nature of mountains. For example "Memo stone 7" is a piece of 3x4 cm dimensions which in tousands lay on a touristic trail and taking it no destruction was made there. I think that a piece of rock really small taken from mountains will be a sign of our desire to be there all the time and can also improve our knowledge on mountains, their morphology, mineralogy and origin. I hope that SP members are not "weekend tourists" and all know very well how to be in mountains properly.
This album comprises pictures of stones which I sampled occasionally in mountains. The first ones were three small pieces of a black fragile slate which I found in Puncowka Stream near Cieszyn city in Beskidy Mts., S Poland. I carved them as a boy in 1958.
Probably you also gathered stones for your memo and for such your pictures this album is open.
Welcome, but remember that mountains need to be protected first of all!!!!!!!


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verdeleone - May 9, 2007 11:35 am - Voted 10/10


page. Sort of a rockhound myself, I can't help picking up pebbles.

Romuald Kosina

Romuald Kosina - May 10, 2007 10:08 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Interesting

Hi, Verdelone!!!!!
Thanks for your interest!!!!!!!


lisae - May 9, 2007 2:00 pm - Voted 10/10


I am amazed that you remember where each stone comes from...I have several jars of small rocks and pebbles that I have picked up over the years. I remember where some of the rocks came from, but some I don't. I also have a some pebbles in my car, from the last few trips...

Now I'll have to take a picture of the jars... :)

Romuald Kosina

Romuald Kosina - May 10, 2007 10:06 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Fun!

Hi, Lisae!!!
Thanks for your appreciation!!! Do pictures and attach them!
Keep smile!!!!


rhyang - May 13, 2007 6:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Sure this is a good idea?

Hmm, good point .. this kind of thing is actually illegal in many areas. Sounds silly, but what if everyone did it ? It's probably more of an issue in certain areas than others.

Romuald Kosina

Romuald Kosina - May 14, 2007 6:33 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Sure this is a good idea?

Hello, Erik!!!
By my mistake I sent you my short answer not in form "reply" but as a comment to my album.
Excuse me!!!

Romuald Kosina

Romuald Kosina - May 14, 2007 12:10 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Sure this is a good idea?

Hello, Erik!!!
I supplemented an introductory text to my album and I hope that SP members do not see now "a black background" in my presentation. Any comment and suggestion on my album I accept very friendly.
Thank you very much!!!!!!!

Romuald Kosina

Romuald Kosina - May 14, 2007 5:03 am - Hasn't voted

Hi, Erik!!!!!!

Your remark is very important in respect to gathering anything in mountains. I do not propose to collect anything from summits, from protected areas, from places endangered by erosion. Here we must remember about rules which are well known for geologists working in mountains. I hope that members of SP are adult and conscious men and accept all the restrictions applied in mountains to protect them. I will add a proper text to the introduction to my album. Thank you very much for your supplement!!!!!!! It is really important for our activity in mountains.
Thanks once again!!!!!!

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