Ulexite remains a surprising visual delight. The mineral is a complex arrangement of sodium, water, and hydroxide, and when an image is placed on one side of the rock, you can watch as the tiny fibers inside “transmit” it to the top.
Spend a peaceful minute watching ferrous sand, glass, gravity, and magnetism combine to form a spectacle of stalagmites that shifts with each passing second.
The packaging of this Svensk Dröm (or Swedish Dream) Sea Salt Soap is so charming you might opt to decorate with it rather than use it, but if you do open the box you'll enjoy a textured round of soap and an invigorating scrub.
All the wooden sticks and Styrofoam balls you need to build the classic science project in one box.
When lightning strikes the ground, it can fuse some kinds of sand, clay, or soil into glass. This produces a hollow tube called a fulgurite that can suggest the form of a lightning bolt.
At first glance, gallium looks like any old metal, but drop it into your hand and it will melt into liquid from your body heat alone.
A distinctly non-naturally-occurring material that was created during the Trinity nuclear bomb test in New Mexico, trinitite is basically just glass, made when the heat from the blast melted the surrounding sand. That said, it’s extremely rare glass, since it’s now illegal to remove any more material from the Trinity site.
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