Of Smithsonite and Calamine Lotion

So the other night I was watching the Boonies on National Geographic. I’ve been watching a lot of the off-the-grid series for inspiration since my novels predominately take place in that setting.

But what caught my attention on the last episode was that one of the fellows on the show, who lives in Arkansas caves, was looking for a mineral called smithsonite. I’m rather geologically obsessed, so I was super excited to hear about a mineral I wasn’t familiar with (it’s the little things, okay?).

I thought smithsonite was an odd enough name, but then he went on to say that it was a globular mineral that locally is also called something like turkey fat. Double odd.

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