Rain of green mineral Olivine over Hawaii
According to news, residents of Hawaii have witnessed an unusual phenomenon – a rain of green minerals. In fact, this exciting “side effect” happened due to the eruption of the Kilauea volcano. As a result, beautiful green translucent pebbles – olivine – fell from the sky.
Olivine, caused by the eruption, is a typical high-temperature mineral. Formed in igneous rocks, it is widely presented in the Earth’s mantle. Jewelry variety of olivine is chrysolite, by the way, quite rare in nature. Olivine is one of the most common minerals on Earth, and it is its presence that explains the greenish shade of some beaches, including Hawaii. According to some estimates, more than 50% of the Earth’s upper mantle consists of this mineral or its variations. Nevertheless, the olivine falling from the sky is a rather rare phenomenon.
On Kilauea, lava usually flows out slowly enough, only occasionally small, but sharp bursts occur. The sudden release of lava into the air led to the precipitation of olivine: its particles fell into the air and quickly crystallized.
However, this is not the first “miracle” accompanying the eruption of Kilauea. Earlier, near the volcano, eyewitnesses noticed a blue flame that appeared due to the accumulation of methane.
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Rain of green mineral Olivine over Hawaii
The International Green Cucumber Festival in Suzdal
Nobody knows when cucumbers first appeared in Russia. It is known that in the region of Vladimir it was grown 5 – 7 centuries ago, in other words, a long enough time ago that we may consider the cucumber inherently Russian!
Meanwhile, Suzdal is one of the most renowned centers of cucumber production. Since time immemorial the residents of Suzdal have had a special passion for cucumbers. Anania Fedorov, a Suzdal priest, has been practicing the art of cucumber-cultivation for centuries, nursing cucumbers like babies and even giving them different names: “pikuli” for smaller ones, “zelentsy” for middle-sized cucumbers and “oklyovishy” for flawed ones.
You may be asking yourself, “Why all the fuss?’ Wrong. As one of the characters in an Ostrovsky play asked “And what is a business? What is it in comparison to eternity and a pickled cucumber?”
Wonderful Eurasian Green Woodpecker
First of all, green woodpecker, along with other seventeen woodpecker and five piculet species or subspecies
are in the Red List of Threatened Species. The greatest threat is due to tree cut, habitat losses, and unavailability of nest sites. And of course, they are subject to hunters in many areas of the world, because of their beautiful plumage. In addition, some cultures use their meat as food, not to mention the use of these beautiful birds in medicine.
Colorful and gorgeous, they differ not only in shape, but also in color. Accordingly, in addition to green woodpecker there are other very interesting species of various colors. In particular, Black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), Smoky-brown woodpecker (Veniliornis fumigatus), Gray-faced woodpecker (Picus canus), Ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis), Red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus), Gray woodpecker (Dendropicos goertae), and more.
Poisonous West African Green Mamba
Called Green Devil, Mamba is a very beautiful snake. Its scales are emerald green, with shades of blue and yellow. However, young snakes are light green, but when they grow to 70 cm, they begin to gradually darken. But do not be tempted by the beauty of the snake: do not forget that it is the green mamba that enters the twenty most dangerous snakes on the planet. The poison of the green mamba is very strong, it is even more toxic than the poison of some cobras. For example, the bitten mouse dies in a few seconds. In fact, all the poison contained in the glands of one mamba, is enough to kill 9 people. Compared with the black mamba, green is more dangerous for humans, despite the fact that the first is the fastest on our Earth. But still, the green mamba leads in terms of the number of human deaths. This is due to the fact that, firstly, the green mamba sometimes settles on tea plantations and mangoes. When people start harvesting, they involuntarily disturb unmerciful snakes. Secondly, the green mamba can attack for no apparent reason. As a result, each year, from the attack of these mambas in Africa, more than 40 people die.
Green Leafy Sea Dragon, or sea Pegasus, or rag-picker – a fish with a fantastic plumage. Sea Dragon is a relative of seahorse. Semi-soft greenish fins abundantly cover its body and constantly sway from the motion of the water, like a leaf from the breath of wind. The green plumage allows it to remain undetected. To meet the leafy sea dragon is possible in one corner of the Earth – at the southern coast of Australia. Leafy Sea Dragon – the official emblem of South Australia.
Green color shades
Green is the intermediate between yellow and blue. According as green contains more yellow or more blue, the character of its expression changes. Green is one of the secondary colors, produced by mixing two primaries — an operation difficult to perform in such a way that neither component predominates. Green is the color of the vegetable kingdom, the mysterious chlorophyll involved in photosynthesis. When light comes to the earth, and water and air release their elements, then incarnate sentience puts forth green.
Green color inspiration
According to Russian Expressionist Painter Vassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), “Absolute green is the most restful color, lacking any undertone of joy, grief, or passion. On exhausted men this restfulness has a beneficial effect, but after a time it becomes tedious.”
Meanwhile, psychologists explain the positive effect of green color on the human body because it is shades of green that we associate with nature, with something alive and fresh. Thus, green background refreshes work environment, and makes it not so grim and sad. In several religions, green is the color associated with resurrection and regeneration. For example, in Ghardaia and other parts of M’zab, houses painted in green indicate that the inhabitants have made a pilgrimage to Mecca. Also, green, blue-green, and blue are sacred colors in Iran where they symbolize paradise. As the emblematic color of Ireland, green represents the vast green hillside as well as Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick. By the way, bright green is the color of the astrological sign Cancer. And finally, green has always been my first favorite color.