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Happy New Year

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Hi all, So the first month of 2017 is coming to a close. With every new year comes new resolutions and plans for the future. But why should resolutions and plans be limited to the New Year? Here’s to the future and making 2017 a great year all the way through!  

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Oregon State Capitol

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Different types of marble compose much of  Oregon’s Capitol building. The foundation is granite and the exterior walls are concrete faced with four kinds of Vermont marble. Inside the building, polished rose travertine from Montana lines the lobby, rotunda and halls. The rotunda staircases and floor are made of Phoenix Napoleon marble with Radio Black […]

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Marble Facts

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The word marble comes from the Greek word: μάρμαρον (mármaron) Marble is a metamorphic rock that forms out of lime stone. Like other metamorphic rocks, its formation is caused from being subjected to heat and pressure during the process of metamorphism. Compare this to igneous rock, which forms from cooling magma. It is way softer […]

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WAVE ROCK–AUSTRALIA

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This rock formation is naturally shaped like an ocean wave. It’s about forty-six feet high and three hundred and sixty feet long. Wave rock is a part of Hyden rock which is a granite inselburg. An inselburg is an isolated rock hill or small mountain that is located on terrain that is gently sloping or pretty […]

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The Half Dome

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It’s amazing what formations occur in nature. The granite Half Dome  at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park is one such land form.  The land form gets its name for its peculiar shape:  it looks just like a dome cut in half. As for size, the half dome is over 4,000 […]

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THE LEGEND OF FACE ROCK IN BANDON, OR

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Legend Has It… Long ago, Chief Siskiyou  and his daughter, Princess Ewana, visited the coastal tribes along the sea. To show how well-off they were, the coastal tribes planned a great feast for the chief and his daughter. However, the coastal tribes feared that the evil ocean spirit Seatka, who lived along the coast, might […]

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IGNEOUS ROCKS

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There are three main types of rock: sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. Igneous rocks are formed from molten magma in the Earth’s mantle. Magma cools either below the surface in lines of weakness (i.e. faults, joints, bedding planes ) or above the surface to form igneous rock. Igneous rocks can be extrusive (volcanic) or intrusive (plutonic). Volcanic igneous rocks […]