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Salty Rock

Eduardo Slabofvic
12:08:46 PM
Lets not forget the efforts of Albert Hofmann in this regard. Where would we be without him?

Lick hard and long Neil.

12:13:47 PM
On 27/08/2012 egosan wrote:
>Probably Epsom salts
>and other less nice salts. Arsenic, antimony, and other heavy metal are
>also very common. Licking them might not be a good idea. Arsenic salts
>for example might taste good and when in solution are weak acids corroding
>things. Antimony salts might have a distinct metallic taste and would have
>lots of free chlorine ions floating about for your SCC. Keep in mind heavy
>metals accumulate in your fatty bits. Yum!

I do admit that my climbing performance deteriorated rapidly after licking the rock. Felt weak and pathetic for rest of day. Got pumped after 3 moves.

12:36:23 PM
On 27/08/2012 Eduardo Slabofvic. wrote:
>Lets not forget the efforts of Albert Hofmann in this regard. Where would
>we be without him?
Yeah . . poor bugger only lived to a 102!

1:49:00 PM
The human mouth is the most advanced chemical analyzer I own.
2:41:18 PM
Just remember arsenic salts taste salty too:)
One Day Hero
2:51:12 PM
Does your mouth also work for analysing biological samples, Neil?
4:16:18 PM
On 27/08/2012 nmonteith wrote:
>A question for geologists...

TastyBigMac - where are you?

>Being the
>amateur scientist I am I then proceeded to lick the rock - which in parts
>was incredibly delicious.

I believe this makes you a rock-licker neil. That's all good. Nothing wrong with that. Just make sure noones pissed on the rock first...

4:49:32 PM
The phenomena doesn't just happen on rock - I've noticed what look like yellow solution pockets in snow, often with a slightly bitter funky taste.

9:19:11 PM
On 27/08/2012 ajfclark wrote:
>I thought most ground water was at least partially salty and that's why
>some bores in some aquifers aren't potable or suitable for irrigation?
> Maybe this rock is fault through a particularly salty aquifer system?

I reckon ajf is on the right scent.
Groundwater has many quirky foibles, and salinity can certainly be one of them. The timeframes involved for mobilisation and transport of 'natural salts' can be geologic eons or can also be quite rapid (read 10's of years), due changed/ing land use / vegetation / water distribution (both man and natural).

Without knowing the site, I would suggest that if the geologic strata in that area is a low point in the current landform, ie not only hills above the site, but the rock bedding planes conducive to groundwater transportation towards the cliffline, then that would be a logical place for the salt/s to end up.
~> I would expect that salt to also have an effect on any hardware installed in the rock.

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