Ancient & endangered leaf art.

Written by Ray Koshy RN

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not a man made glue but it isrepparttar sap from a tree and it holdsrepparttar 116349 straw in place. Rice straw art is a very ancient form of leaf art practiced by less than 100 artists aroundrepparttar 116350 world today and Ray Koshy of Galveston, Texas isrepparttar 116351 only artist practicing this unique art inrepparttar 116352 USA. Rice Straw Museum in Galveston, Texas is dedicated to Preserve, Promote & Protect this ancient art from extinction and to introduce this beautiful art to America. If you like to know more aboutrepparttar 116353 ancient leaf art and see some ofrepparttar 116354 leaf art works visitrepparttar 116355 Museum at URL

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Ray Koshy is a Registered Nurse in galveston, Texas and he is also a rice straw artist & curator of the Rice Straw Museum.

Collecting Rocks and Minerals

Written by Gayle Olson

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Minerals also form other shapes which are not crystals. The mineral smithsonite forms rounded crusts on rocks and minerals. Pyrite may form smoothly rounded lumps called nodules.

If you find a mineral with perfectly flat surfaces, it is likely a crystal. Some minerals break cleanly when hit, leaving pieces with smooth surfaces that look like crystals.

These clean breaks are called "cleavages". Each mineral tends to break or cleave more easily in some directions than in others. The way it breaks is called its cleavage pattern. Often you can identify minerals by a combination of their crystal shape and their cleavage pattern.

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