Oliver Obsidian

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Children Stories  |  House: Booksie Classic
Summary:

Oliver Obsidian was a curious rock who asked a lot of questions. In this book we follow the story of Oliver Obsidian as learns from his father about the igneous rock Obsidian and how they came to be.

Authors Note:

This book is intended to educate children about Obsidian and is part of a group of four books (Oliver Obsidian, Penny Pumice, Berry Basalt, and Victor Volcano). I hope you enjoy reading them all.

Reference for information used to help write the facts of this book is as follows...

Author of Research Article: Hobart M. King, Ph.D., RPG
Website Title: Obsidian. What is Obsidian, How Does it Form, and What is it Used For?
Website Referenced: https://geology.com/rocks/obsidian.shtml

Submitted: May 21, 2019

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Oliver Obsidian loved living in the Glasslands with his parents Olivia and Oscar Obsidian.  But Oliver was curious and loved to explore.  He asked a lot of questions of anyone who would listen to him.  Like many children in the Glasslands, Oliver was homeschooled.  He didn’t mind though, at least Oliver got to see the other children and spend time with them.  In his neighborhood, the parents all got together for field trips, activities, and even recess time. 

And now, Oliver was finally in the fourth grade and he could not wait to see what class held today.  His father, Oscar Obsidian, taught the lessons and had told Oliver that he had a surprise for him in today’s lesson.

“Oliver, shall we get started?”  Oscar Obsidian asked calmly one Monday morning. 

“What is the surprise?” Oliver asked eagerly.

Oscar Obsidian smiled.  “Well son, we are going to start preparing for a very fun field trip where you will get to hear a presentation by Victor Volcano.”

“You mean the volcano that Glasslands was built from?”  Oliver asked curiously.

“Yes, Victor Volcano is going to be giving a large presentation to all fourth grade igneous rocks.  He does this every year.”  Oscar Obsidian explained.

“Igneous rocks?” Oliver questioned.

“An igneous rock, also known as a magmatic rock, is the main rock type of Obsidian, Basalt, Pumice, and more.  Victor Volcano will be speaking to Pumice, Basalt, and Obsidian at the presentation that we will be attending.  Igneous rock is created from melted rock known as lava which cools and becomes solid.”  Oliver Obsidian explained.

“You’ve mentioned Pumice and Basalt before, are we going to learn about them this week?”  Oliver asked curiously.

“No, we will spend this week learning about Obsidian.  You will get to learn about the other rock types later on this school year and we will go into other igneous rocks such as granite as well.  However, we have only one week before the presentation so our focus will be on only obsidian for now.”  Oscar Obsidian replied calmly.

“Okay,” Oliver shrugged. 

“Now, as you know, Obsidian is an igneous rock that is created from melted rock materials known as lava.  The molten rock material cools very fast and the atoms have no time to change into any shape or form.  So, the end result becomes us.  Obsidian, also known as volcanic glass has a smooth, uniform texture with fractures that give us our unique shapes and sizes.”  Oscar Obsidian explained.

“But not all of us are sharp like glass?  My friend Olivia is smooth and soft.”  Oliver pointed out, sounding a little confused.

“Olivia is what is known as an Apache Tear Obsidian.  Apache Tears is the name given to rounded pebbles of obsidian.  Inside Olivia is nice, black, and shiny volcanic glass which is typically of a rhyolite composition on the outside that is what we call a conchoidal fracture.  This results in a smooth, rounded surface with volcanic glass on the inside.”  Oscar Obsidian replied. 

“Cool,” Oliver said excitedly.  “What about the colors?  Not all obsidian is black.”

Oscar Obsidian smiled at his son.  “Yes Oliver,” he said calmly, “Obsidian comes in a variety of colors from black to red and even green and blue.  Some of us have two colors such as Mahogany Obsidian which is often red and black, Rainbow Obsidian which comes in many different colors, Snowflake Obsidian which is black and white, Green Sheen Obsidian which sparkles and looks green in the sunlight, and more.  We will go into details about that later this week and go visit a part of the Glasslands on Friday with some of the other homeschooled Obsidian where you can see some of the colors for yourself.”

“Awesome, I can’t wait,” Oliver said excitedly.

“Very good but first we must talk about where Obsidian is created.  Obsidian is an extrusive rock.  This means that we become solid above the surface of the Earth.  Obsidian can also form and cool in many different types of cooling environments.  We can form along the edges of lava flows, at the edge of a volcanic dome, when lava touches water, while still in the air, and even along the edge of a sill or dike.”  Oscar Obsidian explained.

“What are sills and dikes?” Oliver asked curiously.

“A sill is a flat sheet of rock that is formed in between layers of rock that already exist.  This can be sedimentary rock, volcanic lava beds, and even in metamorphic rock.  A dike is a piece of rock that forms inside a rock body that already exist.”  Oscar Obsidian explained. 

“Sedimentary and Metamorphic…are those the other rock types?  Are there more types than just igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic?”  Oliver asked while sitting on the edge of the family couch and eagerly awaiting an answer from his dad.

“Those are the three main rock types, later on we will discuss them all as well as other types such as minerals but, for now, we need to focus on Obsidian.”  Oscar Obsidian replied gently.

“But,” Oliver began.

“But nothing Oliver.  Look son, I know you are curious and I promise you that you won’t have to wait long for your answers but right now we must prepare to go meet Victor Volcano.”  Oscar Obsidian added gently. 

“Okay,” Oliver shrugged.

Oliver Obsidian understood what his father was saying but still had trouble focusing.  He hoped that at the presentation with Victor Volcano that he would have the opportunity to meet some of the pumice and/or basalt. 

Over the next few days, Oscar Obsidian taught Oliver all about the different types of Obsidian and how each of them was made.  He taught Oliver about how obsidian was similar to other rocks known as rhyolite and gabbro.  Oliver learned that Obsidian is found in several locations around the world such as the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, and Italy.  Finally, Friday had come and Oliver could not wait to go see the other colors of obsidian with the other students and their parents. 

That morning, Oliver woke up early and hurried downstairs to the kitchen.

“You’re eager this morning,” Olivia Obsidian commented. 

“Its field trip day,” Oscar Obsidian said with a smile as he put down the newspaper he had been reading.  “I think that Oliver can’t wait to go see the parts of Glasslands that he hasn’t been to.”

“Exactly, I can’t wait.” Oliver replied excitedly as he at the breakfast that his mother had made for him.

“How many kids and parents are going?” Olivia Obsidian asked her husband Oliver Obsidian as she packed a big basket full of food.

“All nine parents and fourteen children.  I know that Olisha is bringing her triplets and Oran is bringing his twins.  Plus Oliver and me, and then the rest of the parents and their fourth grade kids.  It should be a lot of fun.  We have a picnic planned and a tour of the local area by a guide.”  Oliver Obsidian replied.

“Well, you two have lots of fun.  Here is our share of the lunch for everyone and don’t forget the cooler of juice and water by the front door on your way out and I want to hear every detail about your day once you get home.”  Olivia Obsidian replied.

“Can we go dad?” Oliver asked excitedly. 

“Yes son, we can.  Thank you Olivia, we will see you later.”  Oliver replied calmly.

“Bye mom,” Oliver added as he followed his dad outside of their home and onto the bus. 

During the bus ride, Oliver sat next to his two best friends, Oakley and Omar.  They had fun talking and hanging out as the bus drove them to their destination.

When the bus stopped, Oliver looked outside.  The hills of obsidian in this part of the Glasslands was much taller than where he and his friends lived and the rock sparkled more brightly than anything that Oliver had seen before.

Oliver stepped off of the bus and looked around in awe at the towering hills of obsidian where an entire community much like the one he lived in seemed to exist. 

“What do you think son?” Oscar Obsidian asked calmly.

“It looks nice, I like it.  What do we get to see first?” Oliver replied excitedly.

“First we are going to walk over to the museum and attend some presentations.  Then we will have lunch at a local park.  And last, this afternoon, you and your schoolmates will have the opportunity to meet some of the local children at the school here.” Oliver Obsidian explained as the group walked toward the museum. 

The museum was brightly lit and filled with video presentations about the history and creation of the Glasslands and display cases showing examples of what the videos were talking about.  Oliver hung out with his friends Oliva, Orlando, Oakley, Oana, and Omar and enjoyed watching every presentation.  He found it interesting to learn that Obsidian has a hardness of about 5.5 which makes it easy to carve into different things and particularly thought that the part about humans using obsidian as tools and weapons was rather interesting. 

Oliver learned that obsidian was used back in the Stone Age for trade and manufacturing as well as a cutting tool.  It surprised Oliver to learn that people today still use obsidian as a tool for surgery.  He thought that the jewelry both shown in the video and in the display cases looked nice.  And Oliver liked learning about how easy Obsidian was to carve so people used it to make many other things as well including masks, sculptures, and figurines both in the past and in the present.  

The group had spent a few hours in the museum before it was time to leave.  Oliver and his friends, along with the other students and the parent teachers, left the museum to go to the park.  After the picnic lunch was over and everything was cleaned up, the group headed over to Obsidian Elementary to meet the other obsidian children and their teachers. 

They walked into the school gym and Oliver found himself in amazement.  He had never got to meet any of the types of Obsidian there to greet them all.  The obsidian here was older, probably around the sixth grade and had set up presentations about themselves. 

The group began at the Rainbow Obsidian booth first.

“Hello, and welcome.  I am Randall, this is Robin, that is Robert, and she is Rebecca.  We are all Rainbow Obsidian.  As you can see on this chart, we come in the seven colors of a rainbow.  Many Rainbow Obsidian have all the colors such as Robin there.”  Randall paused and allowed Robin to move in the light so that they could see the red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet colors. 

“However, not all of us have every color.  Like you, we are volcanic glass that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.  For example, take a look at Rebecca here.”  Robert added as he allowed Rebecca to move in the light and show of her colors of red, green, and blue, and yellow.

“I may not have all of the colors but I still have several,” Rebecca added calmly.

“We are all different and unique just like all of you.  It is our differences and colors that make us stronger and help us to grow.”  Robin added calmly.

“Thank you, enjoy the rest of the presentations.”  Robert added with a smile.

As Oliver approached the next booth, he saw sparkling, gold, green, silver, and blue obsidian students.  The booth was titled Sheen Obsidian.

“Hello and welcome.  My name is Gloria Gold, he is George Green, that’s Silvia Silver, and Brad Blue.  We are a type of obsidian that is known as Sheen Obsidian.”  Gloria Gold explained.

“A fun fact about Sheen Obsidian is obsidian that is often used in healing properties by people.  We are used mainly to create a calm and relaxing environment for people who use us.”  Silvia Silver added calmly.

“Silver Sheen is a piece of Obsidian that has a lot of Silica in it.  Gold, Blue, and Green Sheen Obsidian are obsidian that, when reflected in the light, appear to have a color other than black.”  Brad Blue explained.

“So, much like all of you, we all get our unique features when we escape from inside Victor Volcano and come to live on the surface of the Earth.  Thank you for listening and we hope that you enjoy the rest of the presentations.”  George Green added cheerfully.

The group continued to move on down the line and learn at each of the different booths.  Once everyone on the field trip had finished, the group left the school and headed for the bus.  By the time they got home it was evening.  Oliver and his dad told Olivia Obsidian everything that had happened and Oliver shared many of the things he had learned that day with his mom.

“It sounds like you had a lot of fun.  I am happy that you enjoyed your day and that you and your friends learned so much.” Olivia Obsidian said calmly once Oliver had stopped talking.

“I did.”  Oliver replied happily. 

After dinner, Oliver spent his time before bed watching television with his dad before going to bed.  Over the weekend, Oliver hung out with his friends and spent time reading the homework that his dad had assigned for him to complete that weekend.  Before long, Monday had arrived and it was time to go see Victor Volcano. 

Oliver excitedly boarded the bus and joined his friends.  He was very eager to meet Victor Volcano and see the other igneous rocks.  Once there, the students and teachers took their seats and waited for the presentation to begin. 

Oliver looked around as rocks with holes in them entered the area along with rocks which where thicker and thinner and of all shapes, sizes, and colors. 

In front of them, Victor Volcano looked both mighty and powerful.  Oliver thought that Victor Volcano looked nice as he watched the area fill with igneous rocks.

“Welcome, it is wonderful to see you all,” Victor Volcano began.  “It pleases me to see so many wonderful rocks that I helped to create.”

During the presentation, Victor Volcano talked about how the melted rock inside him starts as magma and how, when he erupts, it comes out of him and is called lava.He talked about how the types of eruptions he has can form different igneous rocks each time and how happy he was to see his rocks not only so happy but also so useful to people as well as about each type of rock and what is cool about them.

Once the presentation was over, Oliver watched as the Pumice groups quickly load onto their busses and leave.  The basalt groups left second and the Obsidian groups left last.

“Hi, my name is Oliver Obsidian,” Oliver said to one of the Basalts near him as they were waiting for the pumice to leave.

“Barry…Barry Basalt.  It’s nice to meet you.”  Berry replied.

“Nice to meet you too,” Oliver said quickly as a teacher told Berry that it was time to leave.  “Bye,” he added.  “Maybe we can meet up sometime and talk.”

“Maybe,” Berry shrugged before joining the rest of the Basalt and boarding their buses.

Oliver spent the ride back home that day thinking about everything he had learned and everything he was going to learn.  At home, he told his mom about everything and his parents if they could visit Pumice Hills and Basalt Flats someday.  He told them about Berry Basalt and how he hoped someday to make friends with other igneous rock types.  His parents just smiled and told Oliver that he would just have to wait and see what the future holds for opportunities such as those. 

Oliver smiled and said okay.  Over the last week he had learned so much and today he had gotten to meet a different type of igneous rock even if it was only a brief encounter.  Oliver went to bed that night deciding that one day, no matter what, he would find a way to hang out not only with Obsidian but Basalt and Pumice too.Oliver Obsidian loved living in the Glasslands with his parents Olivia and Oscar Obsidian.  But Oliver was curious and loved to explore.  He asked a lot of questions of anyone who would listen to him.  Like many children in the Glasslands, Oliver was homeschooled.  He didn’t mind though, at least Oliver got to see the other children and spend time with them.  In his neighborhood, the parents all got together for field trips, activities, and even recess time. 

And now, Oliver was finally in the fourth grade and he could not wait to see what class held today.  His father, Oscar Obsidian, taught the lessons and had told Oliver that he had a surprise for him in today’s lesson.

“Oliver, shall we get started?”  Oscar Obsidian asked calmly one Monday morning. 

“What is the surprise?” Oliver asked eagerly.

Oscar Obsidian smiled.  “Well son, we are going to start preparing for a very fun field trip where you will get to hear a presentation by Victor Volcano.”

“You mean the volcano that Glasslands was built from?”  Oliver asked curiously.

“Yes, Victor Volcano is going to be giving a large presentation to all fourth grade igneous rocks.  He does this every year.”  Oscar Obsidian explained.

“Igneous rocks?” Oliver questioned.

“An igneous rock, also known as a magmatic rock, is the main rock type of Obsidian, Basalt, Pumice, and more.  Victor Volcano will be speaking to Pumice, Basalt, and Obsidian at the presentation that we will be attending.  Igneous rock is created from melted rock known as lava which cools and becomes solid.”  Oliver Obsidian explained.

“You’ve mentioned Pumice and Basalt before, are we going to learn about them this week?”  Oliver asked curiously.

“No, we will spend this week learning about Obsidian.  You will get to learn about the other rock types later on this school year and we will go into other igneous rocks such as granite as well.  However, we have only one week before the presentation so our focus will be on only obsidian for now.”  Oscar Obsidian replied calmly.

“Okay,” Oliver shrugged. 

“Now, as you know, Obsidian is an igneous rock that is created from melted rock materials known as lava.  The molten rock material cools very fast and the atoms have no time to change into any shape or form.  So, the end result becomes us.  Obsidian, also known as volcanic glass has a smooth, uniform texture with fractures that give us our unique shapes and sizes.”  Oscar Obsidian explained.

“But not all of us are sharp like glass?  My friend Olivia is smooth and soft.”  Oliver pointed out, sounding a little confused.

“Olivia is what is known as an Apache Tear Obsidian.  Apache Tears is the name given to rounded pebbles of obsidian.  Inside Olivia is nice, black, and shiny volcanic glass which is typically of a rhyolite composition on the outside that is what we call a conchoidal fracture.  This results in a smooth, rounded surface with volcanic glass on the inside.”  Oscar Obsidian replied. 

“Cool,” Oliver said excitedly.  “What about the colors?  Not all obsidian is black.”

Oscar Obsidian smiled at his son.  “Yes Oliver,” he said calmly, “Obsidian comes in a variety of colors from black to red and even green and blue.  Some of us have two colors such as Mahogany Obsidian which is often red and black, Rainbow Obsidian which comes in many different colors, Snowflake Obsidian which is black and white, Green Sheen Obsidian which sparkles and looks green in the sunlight, and more.  We will go into details about that later this week and go visit a part of the Glasslands on Friday with some of the other homeschooled Obsidian where you can see some of the colors for yourself.”

“Awesome, I can’t wait,” Oliver said excitedly.

“Very good but first we must talk about where Obsidian is created.  Obsidian is an extrusive rock.  This means that we become solid above the surface of the Earth.  Obsidian can also form and cool in many different types of cooling environments.  We can form along the edges of lava flows, at the edge of a volcanic dome, when lava touches water, while still in the air, and even along the edge of a sill or dike.”  Oscar Obsidian explained.

“What are sills and dikes?” Oliver asked curiously.

“A sill is a flat sheet of rock that is formed in between layers of rock that already exist.  This can be sedimentary rock, volcanic lava beds, and even in metamorphic rock.  A dike is a piece of rock that forms inside a rock body that already exist.”  Oscar Obsidian explained. 

“Sedimentary and Metamorphic…are those the other rock types?  Are there more types than just igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic?”  Oliver asked while sitting on the edge of the family couch and eagerly awaiting an answer from his dad.

“Those are the three main rock types, later on we will discuss them all as well as other types such as minerals but, for now, we need to focus on Obsidian.”  Oscar Obsidian replied gently.

“But,” Oliver began.

“But nothing Oliver.  Look son, I know you are curious and I promise you that you won’t have to wait long for your answers but right now we must prepare to go meet Victor Volcano.”  Oscar Obsidian added gently. 

“Okay,” Oliver shrugged.

Oliver Obsidian understood what his father was saying but still had trouble focusing.  He hoped that at the presentation with Victor Volcano that he would have the opportunity to meet some of the pumice and/or basalt. 

Over the next few days, Oscar Obsidian taught Oliver all about the different types of Obsidian and how each of them was made.  He taught Oliver about how obsidian was similar to other rocks known as rhyolite and gabbro.  Oliver learned that Obsidian is found in several locations around the world such as the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, and Italy.  Finally, Friday had come and Oliver could not wait to go see the other colors of obsidian with the other students and their parents. 

That morning, Oliver woke up early and hurried downstairs to the kitchen.

“You’re eager this morning,” Olivia Obsidian commented. 

“It is field trip day,” Oscar Obsidian said with a smile as he put down the newspaper he had been reading.  “I think that Oliver can’t wait to go see the parts of Glasslands that he hasn’t been to.”

“Exactly, I can’t wait.” Oliver replied excitedly as he at the breakfast that his mother had made for him.

“How many kids and parents are going?” Olivia Obsidian asked her husband Oliver Obsidian as she packed a big basket full of food.

“All nine parents and fourteen children.  I know that Olisha is bringing her triplets and Oran is bringing his twins.  Plus Oliver and me, and then the rest of the parents and their fourth grade kids.  It should be a lot of fun.  We have a picnic planned and a tour of the local area by a guide.”  Oliver Obsidian replied.

“Well, you two have lots of fun.  Here is our share of the lunch for everyone and don’t forget the cooler of juice and water by the front door on your way out and I want to hear every detail about your day once you get home.”  Olivia Obsidian replied.

“Can we go dad?” Oliver asked excitedly. 

“Yes son, we can.  Thank you Olivia, we will see you later.”  Oliver replied calmly.

“Bye mom,” Oliver added as he followed his dad outside of their home and onto the bus. 

During the bus ride, Oliver sat next to his two best friends, Oakley and Omar.  They had fun talking and hanging out as the bus drove them to their destination.

When the bus stopped, Oliver looked outside.  The hills of obsidian in this part of the Glasslands was much taller than where he and his friends lived and the rock sparkled more brightly than anything that Oliver had seen before.

Oliver stepped off of the bus and looked around in awe at the towering hills of obsidian where an entire community much like the one he lived in seemed to exist. 

“What do you think son?” Oscar Obsidian asked calmly.

“It looks nice, I like it.  What do we get to see first?” Oliver replied excitedly.

“First we are going to walk over to the museum and attend some presentations.  Then we will have lunch at a local park.  And last, this afternoon, you and your schoolmates will have the opportunity to meet some of the local children at the school here.” Oliver Obsidian explained as the group walked toward the museum. 

The museum was brightly lit and filled with video presentations about the history and creation of the Glasslands and display cases showing examples of what the videos were talking about.  Oliver hung out with his friends Oliva, Orlando, Oakley, Oana, and Omar and enjoyed watching every presentation.  He found it interesting to learn that Obsidian has a hardness of about 5.5 which makes it easy to carve into different things and particularly thought that the part about humans using obsidian as tools and weapons was rather interesting. 

Oliver learned that obsidian was used back in the Stone Age for trade and manufacturing as well as a cutting tool.  It surprised Oliver to learn that people today still use obsidian as a tool for surgery.  He thought that the jewelry both shown in the video and in the display cases looked nice.  And Oliver liked learning about how easy Obsidian was to carve so people used it to make many other things as well including masks, sculptures, and figurines both in the past and in the present.  

The group had spent a few hours in the museum before it was time to leave.  Oliver and his friends, along with the other students and the parent teachers, left the museum to go to the park.  After the picnic lunch was over and everything was cleaned up, the group headed over to Obsidian Elementary to meet the other obsidian children and their teachers. 

They walked into the school gym and Oliver found himself in amazement.  He had never got to meet any of the types of Obsidian there to greet them all.  The obsidian here was older, probably around the sixth grade and had set up presentations about themselves. 

The group began at the Rainbow Obsidian booth first.

“Hello, and welcome.  I am Randall, this is Robin, that is Robert, and she is Rebecca.  We are all Rainbow Obsidian.  As you can see on this chart, we come in the seven colors of a rainbow.  Many Rainbow Obsidian have all the colors such as Robin there.”  Randall paused and allowed Robin to move in the light so that they could see the red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet colors. 

“However, not all of us have every color.  Like you, we are volcanic glass that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.  For example, take a look at Rebecca here.”  Robert added as he allowed Rebecca to move in the light and show of her colors of red, green, and blue, and yellow.

“I may not have all of the colors but I still have several,” Rebecca added calmly.

“We are all different and unique just like all of you.  It is our differences and colors that make us stronger and help us to grow.”  Robin added calmly.

“Thank you, enjoy the rest of the presentations.”  Robert added with a smile.

As Oliver approached the next booth, he saw sparkling, gold, green, silver, and blue obsidian students.  The booth was titled Sheen Obsidian.

“Hello and welcome.  My name is Gloria Gold, he is George Green, that’s Silvia Silver, and Brad Blue.  We are a type of obsidian that is known as Sheen Obsidian.”  Gloria Gold explained.

“A fun fact about Sheen Obsidian is obsidian that is often used in healing properties by people.  We are used mainly to create a calm and relaxing environment for people who use us.”  Silvia Silver added calmly.

“Silver Sheen is a piece of Obsidian that has a lot of Silica in it.  Gold, Blue, and Green Sheen Obsidian are obsidian that, when reflected in the light, appear to have a color other than black.”  Brad Blue explained.

“So, much like all of you, we all get our unique features when we escape from inside Victor Volcano and come to live on the surface of the Earth.  Thank you for listening and we hope that you enjoy the rest of the presentations.”  George Green added cheerfully.

The group continued to move on down the line and learn at each of the different booths.  Once everyone on the field trip had finished, the group left the school and headed for the bus.  By the time they got home it was evening.  Oliver and his dad told Olivia Obsidian everything that had happened and Oliver shared many of the things he had learned that day with his mom.

“It sounds like you had a lot of fun.  I am happy that you enjoyed your day and that you and your friends learned so much.” Olivia Obsidian said calmly once Oliver had stopped talking.

“I did.”  Oliver replied happily. 

After dinner, Oliver spent his time before bed watching television with his dad before going to bed.  Over the weekend, Oliver hung out with his friends and spent time reading the homework that his dad had assigned for him to complete that weekend.  Before long, Monday had arrived and it was time to go see Victor Volcano. 

Oliver excitedly boarded the bus and joined his friends.  He was very eager to meet Victor Volcano and see the other igneous rocks.  Once there, the students and teachers took their seats and waited for the presentation to begin. 

Oliver looked around as rocks with holes in them entered the area along with rocks which where thicker and thinner and of all shapes, sizes, and colors. 

In front of them, Victor Volcano looked both mighty and powerful.  Oliver thought that Victor Volcano looked nice as he watched the area fill with igneous rocks.

“Welcome, it is wonderful to see you all,” Victor Volcano began.  “It pleases me to see so many wonderful rocks that I helped to create.”

During the presentation, Victor Volcano talked about how the melted rock inside him starts as magma and how, when he erupts, it comes out of him and is called lava.He talked about how the types of eruptions he has can form different igneous rocks each time and how happy he was to see his rocks not only so happy but also so useful to people as well as about each type of rock and what is cool about them.

Once the presentation was over, Oliver watched as the Pumice groups quickly load onto their busses and leave.  The basalt groups left second and the Obsidian groups left last.

“Hi, my name is Oliver Obsidian,” Oliver said to one of the Basalts near him as they were waiting for the pumice to leave.

“Barry…Barry Basalt.  It’s nice to meet you.”  Berry replied.

“Nice to meet you too,” Oliver said quickly as a teacher told Berry that it was time to leave.  “Bye,” he added.  “Maybe we can meet up sometime and talk.”

Maybe,” Berry shrugged before joining the rest of the Basalt and boarding their buses.

Oliver spent the ride back home that day thinking about everything he had learned and everything he was going to learn.  At home, he told his mom about everything and his parents if they could visit Pumice Hills and Basalt Flats someday.  He told them about Berry Basalt and how he hoped someday to make friends with other igneous rock types.  His parents just smiled and told Oliver that he would just have to wait and see what the future holds for opportunities such as those. 

Oliver smiled and said okay.  Over the last week he had learned so much and today he had gotten to meet a different type of igneous rock even if it was only a brief encounter.  Oliver went to bed that night deciding that one day, no matter what, he would find a way to hang out not only with Obsidian but Basalt and Pumice too.


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