Whatever the look you are trying to achieve, or the budget that you have available to spend, there is a countertop that will meet your needs. There are a huge way of materials and finishes to choose from; this blog post highlights some of the most popular.
Did you know that DuPont has its own team of counterstop scientists? That’s right, they don’t just make countertops and sell them, they do science and math and stuff. They do so much science in fact that they invented their own patented countertops surfaces that are unique in the industry.
If you tried our experiment from our last post, then you are a crazy wacked out individual and we love you. However, if your experiment failed, we have one last method you can try to create you own fulgurite.
Fulgurite is a silly sounding name for a really interesting phenomenon in which quartz sand that is also silica rich gets struck by a very hot lightning blast and turns into a natural hollow glass tube. The entire process happens in about one second.
Shocked Quartz is a type of quartz that has unique microscopic structure that is much different from normal quartz. The crystalline formation of quartz will be deformed along the planes inside of the crystal. These are called planar deformation features, or shock lamellae. You can sort of see the lines in this photo below.
Quartz can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Practically every piece of quartz is unique in that it will never be exactly like any other piece. However, some pieces of quartz are so unique that they being to defy explanation. Here are three rare and strange formations of quartz that mankind has ever laid its eyes on.
In the last post we talked about Pliney the Elder and what he believed quartz was all about. The key word in that sentence being believed. In this post, we are going to move on from pure speculation and talk about some ancient peoples who discovered the stranger properties of quartz that blazed the trail for modern day uses of the quartz crystal.
If you lived in historical eras, say a couple hundred years ago, or even a thousand years, and your culture does not have the slightest clue about geology or what the structure or origin of gems are, you would probably pretty interested and mystified if you found a large quartz crystal.
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