Old Rock Day is an annual celebration observed on January 7th of every year. Those who love and admire the beauty of nature will find this Day a bit more than a normal day. Can you remember the Earth’s outermost part? Of course, it is the rocks.
Rocks are a part of nature that is present in the world even before the existence of humankind. The rocks are being used for various purposes including tools, weapons, musical instruments, used in mining, and jewelry.
Old Rock Day is observed to celebrate and know more about the old rocks. It is also the perfect Day to start collecting the old rocks. It is the best opportunity to appreciate the old rocks and fossils.
History of Old Rock Day:
The origin, history, and the founder of this Old Rock Day are anonymous. There is no specific mention about the year since this Day has been celebrated. However, the roots of this Day are as old as the fossils.
It is the perfect Day to know more in detail about the rocks and start collecting them. Rock is a solid substance that is made of minerals as whole or mineral-like materials.
Radioactive dating or radiometric dating is a technique that Geologists use to date old rocks. In this process, the decay of the radioactive elements available in rocks is observed. Fossils, jewelry stones, coal, etc., are the old rocks.
Rocks are formed due to erosion, volcanic eruptions, and other natural processes. As a result, rocks are created which after centuries are called the old rocks. With the study of old rock, it is possible to know more about Earth, its history, and mysteries beyond Earth’s formation.
With the fossils like remains of plants, animals, and other organisms present in some old rocks, it is possible to find the kind of flora and fauna of the past, the cause and result of its extinction.
Zircon was the oldest rock of terrestrial origin that was as old as 4.4 billion years. By radioactive dating, it was found in the Jack Hills of Australia.
How to Celebrate Old Rock Day:
Celebrating Old Rock Day is quite simple. It is the best Day to celebrate the old rocks, get to know more information about the types of old rocks. Go to your yard to dig the ground to find some old, differently shaped rocks.
It is the best Day for the children to discover and create their first “pet rock.” Ask them to paint and decorate the old rocks. You can even gift your loved ones with jewelry made of the old rocks you have collected.
Have your fish tank filled with those old rocks you have collected. Take this Day as the best opportunity to start having a rock collection. Make a rock garden built using different types of old rock you have.
How to observe Old Rock Day:
- Learn more about the types of old rock.
- Pick up a book about fossils and learn how fossils tell us more about the Earth’s past or visit your local natural history museum.
- Take a walk in the park and collect interestingly shaped rocks.
- Buy your loved ones some pretty looking rocks. And by rocks, we mean jewels. After all, diamonds are old rocks.
- Looking for a new hobby? May we suggest collecting rocks?
- Find rocks boring? Listen instead to music from old rock bands.
Finding the Age of Old Rock:
Geologists date old rocks using a technique called radiometric dating or radioactive dating. The process involves looking at the decay of radioactive elements available in rocks.
The oldest rock of terrestrial origin to be dated using this method is a zircon found in the Jack Hills of Australia. Scientists estimate that the rock could be as old as 4.4 billion years.