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Handbook for the Anthropocene, Volume 1: What Kind of Rock Is This?

I recently put together a small guidebook (16 pages) to identifying the various types of anthropogenic rocks that litter industrial and post-industrial cities in the Great Lakes region. The guidebook comes with 8 specimens of these artificial rocks in an industrial cardboard tube. This is part of my ongoing exploration of petromimicry (rock mimicry). The booklet describes the rocks, the type of natural rock they look like, the processes which generate the rocks (as by-products), and the types of locations where the rocks occur.  Here are some images of the specimens and a few page spreads from the booklet.

specimen #3 Tap Hole Slag: by-product of the iron & steel industry

specimen #3 Tap Hole Slag: by-product of the iron & steel industry

specimen #4 Clinker Slag: by-product of the iron & steel industry

specimen #4 Clinker Slag: by-product of the iron & steel industry

specimen #2 Bitumenous Breccia: by-product of open lake dumping of asphalt and paving materials

specimen #2 Bitumenous Breccia: by-product of open lake dumping of asphalt and paving materials

specimen #1 - Beach Breccia: by-product of open lake dumping of cement building products

specimen #1 - Beach Breccia: by-product of open lake dumping of cement building products

specimen #8 - Injection Purge: by-product of plastic molding (recovered from lake dumping)

specimen #8 - Injection Purge: by-product of plastic molding (recovered from lake dumping)

cover page of full color identification booklet

cover page of full color identification booklet

two page spread of a description and a specimen image

two page spread of a description and a specimen image

anthropogenic rock collections at SPACES gallery (image courtesy of SPACES)

anthropogenic rock collections at SPACES gallery (image courtesy of SPACES)

These anthropogenic rock collections are on offer at SPACES gallery in Cleveland until January 15 for $50/each. Additional specimens can be purchased from my petromimcry mailing list which you can subscribe to here. Once the gallery show ends I will also make the 16 page booklets (without the specimens) available for a nominal fee.