Moonbeams wrote:Earth Guardians. MOOP Patrol 4-EVAH! LOL
Earth Guardians here too. I give the "playa dust" lecture.
Darn! I will on Outreach/Compliance then. But we MUST meet! I LOVE desert dust! (I know, that's weird.)
Playa dust is an obsession and an addiction with me. I've put it in my coffee, even.
A dear friend from the Black Rock Beacon admitted one morning that she was a bit of a wimp....she got out her General Foods' International Coffee in the French Vanilla flavor....her 'sissy la-la coffee'. I had her look at the back label of the coffee. Under "Ingredients" is silicon dioxide, as an anti-caking agent. Then told her what silicon dioxide is...common quartz...in this case, silt-sized and inert. I then picked up a pinch of playa dust off the ground.
"Quartz silt like in playa dust!", I exclaimed, and then dropped the pinch in my coffee, which I promptly drank.
She was a noob, and I had to mess with her head just a little. Harmlessly.
There are some women from Gerlach who sieve the stuff, mix it with distilled, deionized water and make.....BEAUTY CREAM. Smooth and astringent. Picks up the oils right away.
I'm interested enough in playa dust to have had it analyzed using an ICP spectrophotometer, and have even come up with a geologic model for the Black Rock playa which I will use in my PhD dissertation coming up in a year or two. Playa dust with me is like a cat playing with a ball of yarn. FUN!