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National Park Mystery Photo 16: Something Curious This Way Came

What is this, and where is it?

It seems to be flat, and it's certainly colorful, but what exactly is it? Answer that question and you'll know how it came to be.

Bonus points if you know where it is.


John, you're close enough. The exact wording I was hoping for were the type of rock having been given a coat of "glacial polish." I'll provide more details tomorrow when I "reveal" the photo.

As for its location, no, not Glacier.

The layer on top appears to have an embedment of organic debris, a mix of mud and dirt perhaps. So if the base layer has been scrubbed by a glacier, are we in Glacier National Park?

And no, not petrified tree.

Not volcanic glass, not amber, not pipestone. John's close, very close, but it's not sedimentary.

Maybe its petrified tree showing some missing bark.

I like the tree idea.

I'm thinking in terms of a wound where an animal scraped/rubbed the bark off of a pine.

My bet is a bear, rubbing to mark territory or to scratch an itch, but I won't feel bad if it is porcupine (obviously lower on the tree) or even other wildlife.

It reminds me a little of pipestone

Ranger Holly

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