In my novel Nearly Canaan, their neighbor Todd is a geologist. You know, a rocks guy. The Ozarks is where he and his wife Lucy meet Joshua and Jaya.
The place is a mineral-rich geological wonder.
Here’s part of the attraction he’d have where they are in Arkansas.
- Lead. The major ore that was mined. Still is.
- Zinc. The other major ore.
- Vanadium. Used in metal alloys.
- Diamonds. Mostly of industrial grade.
- Barite. The main source of barium.
- Tripoli. Used mostly as an abrasive in polishing and buffing compounds and as a filler in a variety of products.
- Quartz crystal. Used in electrical products, glassmaking, and for hardness in abrasives – in addition to its popularity in metaphysical healing circles.
- Gypsum. Used in a number of construction products.
- Chalk. Its range of uses include toothpaste.
- Bauxite. Used in the chemical, steel, petroleum, and cement industries, it’s also the principal source of aluminum.
What do you know about rocks?