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odditiesoflife:

The Most Intense Color of Any Living Thing on Earth

Also known as the marble berry, Pollia condensata is a wild plant that grows in the forests of several African countries. The berries are not edible, but they have an extremely rare property. They produce the most intense color of any living thing on Earth. Even after the berries have been picked from the plant, they stay the same shiny, vibrant, metallic blue color for many decades.

The vast majority of colors in the biological world are produced by pigments—compounds produced by a living organism that selectively absorb certain wavelengths of light, so that they appear to be the color of whichever wavelengths they reflect.

However, the marble berry’s skin has no pigment. The berries produce their vibrant blue color through nanoscale-sized cellulose strands that scatter light as they interact with one another. Thus the fruit’s color is even visible at the cellular level as pictured above.

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awkwardsituationist:

the reed flute (or karst) cave in guilin, southern china, was carved out of the karst limestone mountains over 180 million years ago from an underground river and that has now settled into a lake. more than 70 ink inscriptions dating back to 792 ce can also be found inside the cave, which was left forgotten for a thousand years before being rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees fleeing japanese troops. photos by james p. nelson, christian ortiz, jesse estes, adam allegro, filip m.a.

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starry-eyed-wolfchild:

Bee Hotels for Solitary Bees

You may be wondering what bees need a hotel for, when they make their own hives. The truth is that many species of bees are solitary – the do not live in hives but instead construct their own nest. The main reason for this is because in these species every female is fertile and this would not make for comfortable communal living in a hive.

this is wonderful

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jumpingjacktrash:

catsandthelaw:

satdeshret:

malformalady:

A tongue of lava oozes out from beneath the recently cooled crust of a flow. The silica contained within, reflects the early morning sunlight, giving its surface a glassy sheen.
Photo and caption credit: Bruce Omori

A part of me wants to touch it it’s so pretty… But then the rational side of my brain smacks that part of me with a baseball bat.

Well in all fairness you’d probably burn yourself before you managed to touch it.

it looks like a skein of silk <3

jumpingjacktrash:

catsandthelaw:

satdeshret:

malformalady:

A tongue of lava oozes out from beneath the recently cooled crust of a flow. The silica contained within, reflects the early morning sunlight, giving its surface a glassy sheen.

Photo and caption credit: Bruce Omori

A part of me wants to touch it it’s so pretty… But then the rational side of my brain smacks that part of me with a baseball bat.

Well in all fairness you’d probably burn yourself before you managed to touch it.

it looks like a skein of silk <3

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weenietowne:

poupon:

goatprince:

malformalady:

Opalized wood. Petrified wood is basically fossilized wood that has had it’s organic matter replaced by a mineral such as agate, bit by bit, as it decomposes. The wood structure is maintained, but the wood fibers are slowly changed into stone. Sometimes a jasper, quartz, pyrite or even opal(shown above) can be found fossilized in wood.

poupon i have something to show you

goatprince
ur beautiful

Oh my. Opals…..opals are one of my favorite things. 
I actually saw someone making bowls/decorations out of wood like this at the Tucson Gem Show, although it was man made and not fossilized. A similar look, though, and very very beautiful.

weenietowne:

poupon:

goatprince:

malformalady:

Opalized wood. Petrified wood is basically fossilized wood that has had it’s organic matter replaced by a mineral such as agate, bit by bit, as it decomposes. The wood structure is maintained, but the wood fibers are slowly changed into stone. Sometimes a jasper, quartz, pyrite or even opal(shown above) can be found fossilized in wood.

poupon i have something to show you

goatprince

ur beautiful

Oh my. Opals…..opals are one of my favorite things. 

I actually saw someone making bowls/decorations out of wood like this at the Tucson Gem Show, although it was man made and not fossilized. A similar look, though, and very very beautiful.