Talk:Dropstone

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Glacial erratic?[edit]

It sounds very much like glacial erratic to me! Merge it, maybe? --217.185.228.199 19:28, 28 April 2007

The main differences are that dropstones are 'fossilised' - i.e. contained within a sedimentary rock - and that they are submarine, being carried by floating agents, rather than terrestrial, meaning that glaciers cannot be invoked as a complete transport system (an iceberg stage is required). Verisimilus T 21:33, 28 April 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for the answer. Maybe add that explanation to the article somehow. --217.185.229.57 07:12, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

Turbidity currents?[edit]

I'd suggest that this move to a new section of situations that might be mistaken for dropstones, but are not. Turbidity currents can indeed contain large clasts like dropstones, but the clast didn't drop in from through the water column (as required by the name) and won't display the evidence of such. --Zamphuor 13:33, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

I'm not sure how these fall into the definition. As I understand it, some stones dislodged by turbidity currents can transported and fall a number of metres - so whilst not falling through the entire water column their method of deposition is identical for the last few metres of their fall. Verisimilus T 12:14, 2 May 2007 (UTC)