I’m fairly new here, so if I make some sort of catastrophic mistake of monolithic proportions, please be lenient. Anywho, a few years ago, my father
and I were travelling across British Columbia for a summer vacation. We briefly stopped in Vancouver to visit with my grandfather, who happened to
live quite close to a local beach. Well, I was about 12- 13 at the time (17 now), and had the attention span of a squirrel, so I decided to take a
walk along the beach instead of sitting in an apartment. Luckily for me, my father had the foresight to bring along some cheap metal detector he
purchased at Radioshack,
Well, after finding many delightful and astonishing relics and artifacts of civilizations past, (ie: pop can tabs) I stumbled upon a peculiar piece of
metal buried about a foot beneath the sand. It was about 2 “ by 1 ½ “ and appeared to be metal and rock fused together. Also, it appeared to be
covered by a blue/green, white, and yellow powder in various areas (I’m guessing algae or calcium build up maybe? ) Well, as I continued along, I
found several more, all of which were approximately the same depth beneath the sand, and the same distance from the incoming tide. After gathering
several of them, I headed back to my grandfathers apartment. I showed them to my father and he inspected them for a short time, concluding that he had
no idea what they could be.
We arrived back home some weeks later, and my father had the idea to have someone qualified inspect these odd geological specimens. After a little
calling around, we got hold of a professor at the University of Alberta’s geology department, who seemed interested and willing to analyze what I
had found. We dropped them off, and expected to discover what they were fairly soon, naturally assuming that they were something benign and common,
nothing extraordinary to be sure. However, a couple weeks later, we received a call from the university. As it turns out, they were unable to
determine what it was, they had no idea. Now, I’m no expert, but I would assume that it would be fairly simple for a geology professor to identify
various metals, especially with the resources available at a university.
So, there it was, unknown, inconclusive, and being 13, I left it at that. I recently stumbled across these pieces again though, sifting through my
closet, and my interest was renewed. I still haven’t the slightest as to what they could be, but I hope I can find out, especially with the
assistance of the curious and clever minds here at ATS. Meteor Fragment? Melted pop can? Figment of my imagination? Who knows, but I hope someone here
Here are some pictures I took, with a, for lack of a better word, crappy, webcam.