Rather than being locations in their own right, the gravel pits in germany are areas that were dumping grounds for thundereggs carried in from elsewhere by river systems. The result is a hodgepodge of different rocks, sometimes with an identifiable source, sometimes not. Exactly how to process these stones is always going to be a bit problematic – sometimes you can say with some certainty where a rock may have originated, sometimes not – and they are usually tagged depending on the location of discovery rather than origin. As a result, the images presented here will be almost useless for ID purposes since stones of the same type can turn up in many pits and many types can turn up in one pit.
One thing that does set them apart though is their water-worn exterior. Many from the gravel pits are incomplete, broken or worn down and for me, who has rather a thing about completeness, that is a bit of a problem! That also means that my gallery might be a bit less than totally representative of what you usually get out of the pits. But whole eggs do turn up, and these ones here are the ones I have managed to trace recently. There’s a few more awaiting polishing as well, which will have to wait for a future update!
One thing to add is that I am currently awaiting the arrival of a specimen from the Erfurt Gravel Pit, which is essentially a water-worn Seebachsfelsen. It will be interesting to see how this compares with the locations from other parts of Germany. Will have to post that later though!
Finally, I know I have shared this before, but here’s another look at my favorite of all the gravel pit eggs, this complex white beauty from Otterwisch!