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Jul 8, 2013 1:37 PM

garden find - west midlands

Can anyone identify this from my garden, please?  WV3 area Wolverhampton.  Heavy clay soil.

Thanks!

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    Jul 8, 2013 1:40 PM (in response to spottsue)
    Re: garden find - west midlands

    Sue,

     

    It is slag - waste from various industrial processes, such as smelting.

     

    Mike

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        Jul 8, 2013 2:50 PM (in response to spottsue)
        Re: garden find - west midlands

        Sue,

         

        That pale blue-green suggests either a cuprous (copper) salt or ferrous (as opposed to ferric) iron.

        Yes, modern industries still produce this stuff. Some of it is used for making roads and paths, just as if it was rock.

        It is difficult to say how old your piece is; some of it weathers quite slowly.

        Other folks viewing here may have pertinent first-hand experience; if so, chip-in!

         

        If you have a local museum, take it along and show it to them. There's a chance it might be related to local industry, perhaps of a kind that has since disappeared from the area.

         

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slag

         

        Here's another example, somewhat like yours, discussed on NaturePlus a couple of years ago

        http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/message/15058#15058

         

        Mike

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