Ancient & endangered leaf art.

Written by Ray Koshy RN

Ever heard ofrepparttar ancient leaf art?

Rice straw art has been in existence for thousands of years but is in danger of being extinct. The history of straw art goes way back in time when people didnít know how to make various colors, paint or dyes. The artists at that time usedrepparttar 116349 natural colors ofrepparttar 116350 rice straw (dried leaves ofrepparttar 116351 rice plant) to create images. They usedrepparttar 116352 different shades of rice straw to create color for their art works. This unique leaf art originated inrepparttar 116353 southern tip of India called Kerala Thousands of years ago and passed on from generation to generation and less than one hundred artists practices this beautiful art at this time. The artists uses very primitive tools in this art like inrepparttar 116354 old times, they use spear shaped instrument to open up & straighten outrepparttar 116355 straw. They use double edged razor blades or any sharp stones to cutrepparttar 116356 straw. The glue they used in this art is called gum Arabic, it is

Collecting Rocks and Minerals

Written by Gayle Olson

Rock and mineral collecting is a fascinating hobby which can be shared byrepparttar entire family. Before you get started with your new hobby it is important to understand something about minerals.

Rocks are made up of one mineral, or a mixture of minerals. Minerals are made up of elements, which are simple substances which cannot be broken down into any other substance. Sometimes minerals are made of only one element, but most minerals are made up of two or more elements. Many minerals are made up of a large number of elements.

Minerals are often found as shapeless lumps. These pieces are called "massive". Some minerals can also form special shapes, which can help you to identify them.

The mineral is said to "grow" whenrepparttar 116348 elements thatrepparttar 116349 mineral is made of gets built up in layers onrepparttar 116350 mineral's outside surface. Minerals grow into all kinds of rough shapes inrepparttar 116351 spaces between other minerals around them. If a mineral can grow freely, such as onrepparttar 116352 sea bed, or inrepparttar 116353 hole of a rock, it may form beautiful crystals.

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