Down with serpentine; or, clueless in California 6 July 2010Posted by admin in miscellaneous.
This is not volcanic, just ludicrous. The official State Rock of California is serpentine. The days of serpentine holding that honour may be numbered, however: State Senator Gloria Romero has decided that serpentine = asbestos = cancer and is demanding that California dump serpentine and ‘leave the state rock unspecified’, for ‘California should not designate a rock known to be toxic to the health of its residents as the state’s official rock’. To find out more go to Eruptions, where this nonsense is taken down with style by Dr Erik Klemetti.
(California was apparently the first American state to designate a State Rock. It also has a State Fish, State Flower, State Reptile, State Soil, etc, and perhaps a State Smell and State Hairstyle as well; Delaware has a State Macroinvertebrate, so anything’s possible.)