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funnywildlife:

A mother bear takes a dip in the water to cool off in the warm summer sun but refuses to leave her three youngsters behind - so they climb aboard her back.Picture: Jon Langeland/Solent News & Photo Agency

funnywildlife:

A mother bear takes a dip in the water to cool off in the warm summer sun but refuses to leave her three youngsters behind - so they climb aboard her back.
Picture: Jon Langeland/Solent News & Photo Agency

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hadrian6:

Elephants in a Circus. 1640.  Andre di Lione. Italian 1610-1685. oil/ canvas.
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hadrian6:

Elephants in a Circus. 1640.  Andre di Lione. Italian 1610-1685. oil/ canvas.

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earthstory:

ApatiteWe are all intimately familiar with this mineral family, as it is the main inorganic ingredient of our bones and teeth, deposited along with collagen and various cells in a process called biomineralisation. It plays a key part in the global phosphorous cycle, an element so essential to life as we know it that Isaac Asimov referred to it as ‘life’s bottleneck, since environments impoverished in this element don’t support much of an ecosystem.A calcium phosphate (often incorporating other elements such as chlorine or fluorine, hence the practice of adding fluoride to drinking water and toothpaste), apatite forms in volcanic or metamorphic rocks, using up the phosphorous that doesn’t fit into the crystal structure of the more common rock forming minerals. Common colours are green, blue and yellow, large gemmy crystals such as the one in the photo tend to form in pegmatites, the slow cooling remnants of granites that incorporate all the distilled rare elements from the world’s depths and crystallise them into a wide variety of beautiful gems. Once the volcanic rocks are eroded, the apatite is deposited in sedimentary environments, micro crystals being the principal constituent of phosphate rich rocks.Crystals are usually hexagonal prisms, though 12 sided ones are not uncommon. Beryl (emerald, aquamarine) and tourmaline can be confused with it, and the name comes from a Greek word for deceit, as it is often confused with more valuable gems. The Mohs hardness of 5 gives it away, as a steel blade will scratch it, leaving the others unscathed. It has an important use in geology, since it soaks up Uranium and Thorium, allowing it to be dated, and the tracks left by particles during fission of these elements within the crystal structure are often of use to metamorphic geologists trying to date the events that heated and squished the parent rock (known as the protolith). It is also vital to feeding the world, phosphate rich rocks (essentially fossil phosphorous, just like fossil fuels) are mined globally for use in fertilisers, without which we couldn’t sustain the current world population using the currently available sources. It is also an ore for rare earth elements, and the hand spectroscope often reveals a maze of dark lines in the spectrum due to these impurities. Occasionally faceted for collectors, it is also used by painters who make their own pigments. Major sources of gem apatite include Brazil, Burma and Mexico.LozDear Readers, Most of our posts are not reaching you in your news feed due to fb’s filtering system. If you wish to enjoy our posts more often, use the following for information on how to go about it: http://tinyurl.com/qgwac8k.Image credit: Heritage Auctionshttp://www.minerals.net/mineral/apatite.aspxhttp://geology.about.com/od/minerals/ig/minpicphosphates/minpicapatite.htmhttp://www.mindat.org/min-29229.htmlhttp://www.galleries.com/apatite

earthstory:

Apatite

We are all intimately familiar with this mineral family, as it is the main inorganic ingredient of our bones and teeth, deposited along with collagen and various cells in a process called biomineralisation. It plays a key part in the global phosphorous cycle, an element so essential to life as we know it that Isaac Asimov referred to it as ‘life’s bottleneck, since environments impoverished in this element don’t support much of an ecosystem.

A calcium phosphate (often incorporating other elements such as chlorine or fluorine, hence the practice of adding fluoride to drinking water and toothpaste), apatite forms in volcanic or metamorphic rocks, using up the phosphorous that doesn’t fit into the crystal structure of the more common rock forming minerals. Common colours are green, blue and yellow, large gemmy crystals such as the one in the photo tend to form in pegmatites, the slow cooling remnants of granites that incorporate all the distilled rare elements from the world’s depths and crystallise them into a wide variety of beautiful gems. Once the volcanic rocks are eroded, the apatite is deposited in sedimentary environments, micro crystals being the principal constituent of phosphate rich rocks.

Crystals are usually hexagonal prisms, though 12 sided ones are not uncommon. Beryl (emerald, aquamarine) and tourmaline can be confused with it, and the name comes from a Greek word for deceit, as it is often confused with more valuable gems. The Mohs hardness of 5 gives it away, as a steel blade will scratch it, leaving the others unscathed. 

It has an important use in geology, since it soaks up Uranium and Thorium, allowing it to be dated, and the tracks left by particles during fission of these elements within the crystal structure are often of use to metamorphic geologists trying to date the events that heated and squished the parent rock (known as the protolith). It is also vital to feeding the world, phosphate rich rocks (essentially fossil phosphorous, just like fossil fuels) are mined globally for use in fertilisers, without which we couldn’t sustain the current world population using the currently available sources. 

It is also an ore for rare earth elements, and the hand spectroscope often reveals a maze of dark lines in the spectrum due to these impurities. Occasionally faceted for collectors, it is also used by painters who make their own pigments. Major sources of gem apatite include Brazil, Burma and Mexico.

Loz

Dear Readers, 
Most of our posts are not reaching you in your news feed due to fb’s filtering system. If you wish to enjoy our posts more often, use the following for information on how to go about it: http://tinyurl.com/qgwac8k.

Image credit: Heritage Auctions

http://www.minerals.net/mineral/apatite.aspx
http://geology.about.com/od/minerals/ig/minpicphosphates/minpicapatite.htm
http://www.mindat.org/min-29229.html
http://www.galleries.com/apatite

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