EXPEDITION 4 – THE UNCOLLECTABLES

A12 TO GANTS HILL – 17 AUGUST 2019 

Another weekend, another nitronite expedition, this time a little more prosaic. Instead of having a specific neo-paleontological theory in mind, we decided just to head out of London via the A12 to visit the London Cycling Centre at Gants Hill and to see what sort of nitronite deposits we came across. 

We were not disappointed.


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At Turnpike Lane we encountered an interesting phenomenon - a rare seam of “uncollectable” nitronites, mainly broken and literally melted into the tarmac in the middle of the busy box junction at the corner of Turnpike Lane and Green Lanes. Even at the weekend the sheer volume of traffic would make their collection extremely difficult, even if they had not been pummeled into the tarmac by repeated pounding of car tyres. I suppose we could go back at 4am one night with a torch and pickaxe but it doesn't really seem worth it, frankly. Giving up on the prospect of picking up the two pence pieces also melded with the road as well, a quick dash into the middle of the junction to collect some photographic evidence was all we could be bothered with.  

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The photograph above of this seam of “uncollectable” nitronites is yet more evidence to support our contention that nitronites provide incontrovertible geographical and paleontological evidence of the Athropocene epoch.

We cycled on to Gants Hill, stopping to collect almost an entire expedition’s worth of nitronites at a single roundabout – the overpass and junction between the A12 and the A406 North Circular. A major arterial route into and around London from Essex, this junction represents the richest single seam of nitronites we have yet discovered, with a huge variety of (mainly) Argentonites and Ferronites in their various subcategories, all formed after being left at the roadside for a prolongued period of time (forever?) and subjected to repeated impacts from passing traffic.

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After a couple of circuits of the track at the London Cycle Centre (quite nice, bit hilly) we returned to London with our bikeloads of recycled steel and for the first time with indisputable photographic evidence of our “future fossils” theory.

Expedition successful.

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