Today is Today.
I have done it / I have found it / or I have discovered it What is there to be discovered if it's been there all along? (I'm a North American of European extraction it's a part of me lay claim to that which is and has been and would have been). It: clay. Clay from Austria. Clay that may or may not be right I'll have to test it first, but it passed the first test: it is clay. It came from the hills and the ditches and the cuts of land, and it is only a layer in their those cuts and it is now a layer in mine.
What I learned:
There is clay.
I'm able to find clay out there without needing all the right and proper maps, but with some maps and a bit of Maps.
Barely any of the land is clay.
Identifying clay: get it wet. Clay is because its particles are small. On the order of single-digit microns small. Dirt>Silt>Clay. Get any of them wet and they'll be wet but nothing sticks to itself like clay. A handful of the quarry and a handful of water and if it slimy sticks to itself and your hands and everything: take a hammer to that area.
Speaking of which: I need a pickaxe.
And most of the clay I got was grey, most of it was dry or at least not sloppy, and I've seen grey clay before. What does that tell me? It might be useful. And it was always in just a narrow little sliver of the rock i.e. sand face, never a face of clay but clay in a face. Was it a lakebed? Where I found granite I didn't find clay, but clay comes from granite.
And I went out with 8 buckets, 10-liter 2+-gallon, and I came back with 8 buckets of. 264 kilometres later. I stopped at
1. x: Forstweg quarry, 1x clay
2. x: Quarry, fenced, ergo nothing
2. x: Quarry (extension campus of the above), around the gate, 2x clay 1x kaolin (!)(I don't know if it's real, it's a white powdery not-a-stone)
3. x: Sand mine, fenced, nothing
4. x: Sand mine, public, 1x white sand and 1x decomposed granite with some amethyst mixed in
5. x: Quarry, 2x clay
I wish I had more time I wish I had more sun isn't that always the story. Tomorrow. Now I need time to test if any of this is useful.
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