Friday, December 27, 2013

Woolly Mammoth Fossils: Prehistoric Beasts Frozen in Time


Decors Factors and Suggestions – These molars and leg bones are a fun and fascinating way to put natural décor on display in your home or office. The unique and intriguing shapes of woolly mammoth molars make them eye catching and memorizing. The deep and rich browns to black colors show the age and grand preservation of these fossil teeth. Woolly mammoth leg bones are considered some of the rarest fossils. This is due to the fact that many are not found complete, but rather in pieces. When a complete leg bone is found, it is a real gem.




Imagine having one of these massive leg bones or intricate molars on display in your home or office! The history represented in these pieces will make for interesting conversations over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. These natural art pieces are not only stunning, they are especially interesting. They will stand out, not only because of its size and shape, but because of their special historical stories.
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Legend and Lore – Woolly Mammoths are one of the most celebrated prehistoric animals, right up there with dinosaurs. Wooly mammoths coexisted with humans for thousands of years. It is estimated that the last woolly mammoth died around 4,000 years ago. Woolly mammoths were able to handle very cold arctic temperatures. The ears and tail of wooly mammoths were small compared to the rest of their bodies in order to conserve heat and avoid frost bite. Their ears were shaped similar to human ears and were about 15 inches long and 7 inches wide.
The Science of Woolly Mammoth Fossils – Fully grown woolly mammoths reached nine to eleven feet in height, while weighing around six tonnes. The massive size of these creatures means that they had strong bones. The ice that the bones were preserved in froze the bones. Because they were frozen in ice, the bones remained fully intact, unlike dinosaur fossils which were bones that turned into stone over time. Woolly mammoth’s molars were replaced six times over their life. The more times the wooly mammoth lost their molars, the larger they were. Woolly mammoths would have four molars at a time, two on the top jaw and two on the bottom.
Revealed by Man – Many woolly mammoths have been discovered in the permafrost of Northern Siberia and Alaska. These fossils have been found above the Arctic Circle, north of 60 degrees latitude. The ground is frozen to the depth of 1,500 feet in this area. Only in the summer do the top five feet of ice melt a little.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of woolly mammoth fossils and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Mosasaur – The T-Rex of the Ocean


Decor Factors and Suggestions – Mosasaur fossils are an exciting way to incorporate natural art pieces into your décor. These elaborate and enchanting fossils are incredibly fascinating to look at; they have so much depth and complexity. One could look at them for hours. The soft color of these fossils makes it easy to integrate them into your décor. The many different elements that make up these fossils make them absolutely exquisite.


Mosasaur fossils would lend themselves well to rooms in need of an attention grabbing piece. These fossils represent power and dominance, making them fitting for offices and board rooms. These fossils would look spectacular in a room where they are the center piece, showing off all the detail and beauty they have to offer. Show off a cool mosasaurus fossil in your home or office!
 
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Legend and Lore – Much like the T-Rex dominated the land, the mosasaur dominated the sea. These creatures are classified as marine reptiles and they were very ferocious and terrifying. This animal was at the top of the ocean food chain. Ocean animals that are considered fierce today like sharks were commonly devoured by this ocean reptile. An average adult mosasaur was the size of a school bus! Tyleosaurus, the largest known variety of mosasaur, could reach 80 feet in length.
The Science of Mosasaur – Mosasaur were considered polydental organisms, meaning they continuously grew teeth. They rapidly replaced teeth on a regular basis. Some teeth were pulled out while the reptile was feeding, and others were pushed out in order for other teeth to come in. Unfortunately, mosasaur teeth were very fragile, and as a result, decayed very quickly after they had fallen out. Well preserved teeth are a rare and fun find.

 
Revealed by Man – The first mosasaur fossil was first found in 1764. Mosasaur lived around the all around the world. During the Cretaceous time period, there was an ocean that ran across the middle of North America. Mosasaur lived in this ocean, and their fossils have been found in places that were once covered by the ocean like South Dakota, Kansas, and Texas. Outcroppings of mosasaur fossils have been found on both the east and west coasts as well. A lot of mosasaur fossils are also found in North Africa.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of mosasaur and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com. 

 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Azurite- Beautiful, Blue, and Beaming

 
Decor Factors and Suggestions – This beautiful blue mineral is eye catching. The blue of azurite is deep, rich, and incredibly clear. The powerful color ranges from indigo to light and gentle blues. When azurite is mixed with the vibrant green of malachite, the minerals really stands out and looks similar to the earth when viewed from space. The two bright and extravagant colors complement each other wonderfully.

 
Azurite would make a gorgeous addition to your home or office. The bright and deep blue would really shine in many décor settings. Azurite should not be displayed outside because it weathers very easily, but can be displayed in many different ways indoors. Azurite would complement rooms that have blue accents or that need a splash of colors.
 

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Legend and Lore – Azurite has been a popular mineral since ancient times. It was mentioned in Pliny the Elder’s Natural History under its Greek name, kuanos, which means deep blue, and the Latin name, caeruleum. The modern English name, azurite, is derived from the Persian word lazhward, which is an area known for its deposits of lapis lazuli, which is another deep blue stone. In ancient China, azurite was called the stone of heaven because it was believed to open celestial gateways. Native Americans use azurite to connect with their spirit guides and to interpret their messages.
 
The Science of Azurite Creation – Azurite is formed by the oxidation of copper ores. As azurite absorbs water, it turns slowly into a new mineral, malachite. The crystal structure of azurite is quite rare. The crystals can be tabular, meaning broad and flat like a table, and prismatic. Azurite is an indicator of the presence of copper ores.  
 
Revealed by Man – Azurite has been found in Nambia, Morocco, France, China, and the US. The lighter blue piece pictured above was mined in Cuba, New Mexico. Arizona is famous for their azurite crystals. Azurite is a popular mineral to collect and the blue pigment is also very popular. Azurite has been used for beads, jewelry, and as an ornamental stone.
 
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of azurite and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Native Copper – Oldest Known Metal


Decor Factors and Suggestions – Native copper is simply stunning. This metal glimmers beautifully, shining ever so slightly, but just enough. In a décor setting, native copper will stand out because of its simplicity and elegance. Seeing copper in its native form, such as in the examples pictured below, is fascinating. These pieces are incredibly interesting because copper is the source of so many of the things we use.


 
 


Native copper is easy to incorporate into most décor settings and can really enhance the depth and quality of your décor. Native copper specimens are perfect pieces to put on display in your home or office. These pieces would look marvelous placed where light hits it, so that all that view it can experience the wonderful gleam of the metal. Placed on a book shelf or as a centerpiece on a table, native copper would really compliment your décor. 

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Legend and Lore – Copper is one of the oldest metals known by man. The name copper comes from the Greek word kyprios, which was the location of prehistoric copper mines on the island of Cyprus. Native copper was an important metal in history and has been used for a very long time by people. Native copper has been mined for centuries, and even the Native Americans mined native copper on a small scale. There were copper trading routes throughout North America among the Native Americans. The biggest applications of copper are in wiring, roofing, and plumbing, but they also fit very well into décor settings.
The Science of Copper Formation – Native copper deposits are formed when fluids containing metal work their way into channels and cracks in the earth. It is often found near volcanic zones. It is estimated that eighty percent of the world’s copper is still in circulation today. Copper can be recycled many times without it having any effects on its properties.
Revealed by Man – Native copper has been mined for many centuries. The deposits in Michigan are the biggest native copper deposits in the world and have been copper producers for hundreds of years. Native copper is a byproduct of commercial copper ore mines. This includes mines in our home states of Arizona and New Mexico. Arizona has produced 90 billion pounds copper in its history, making Arizona the leader in copper production since 1910.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of native copper and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sand Pictures – Entertaining Art


Decor Factors and Suggestions – These colorful creations are dazzling and fun. Tip them over to reveal a new landscapes, glittering mountains, lively rivers, and striking lakes. The ever changing scene will keep you entertained and amazed. Coming in three different color schemes, sunset orange, ocean blue, and summer turquoise, these sand pictures are very pleasing to the eye. The finished alder wood really gives these extraordinary pictures the finishing touch. The soothing pictures are astatically pleasing and calming.



These pictures are very versatile, working in both homes and offices. Entertain you guest or clients with all the different things to see. These sand pictures would make wonderful gifts, truly enchanting, stimulating their imaginations. Give the gift of endless captivating entertainment. The magnificent colors present in these sand pictures will stand out in many décor settings, making a fascinating statement.
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Legend and Lore – Forensic scientists can determine where particular sand originates from. During World War II, the Japanese sent thousands of balloon bombs to drift over the Pacific Ocean. These bombs were determined to be Japanese by the sandbags attached to the bombs. Because the sand did not contain and granite or quartz crystals, they knew that the sand had come from an island. The sand also contained coral from that region and it contained a mineral only found in the ocean by Tokyo.
The Science of Sand Creation – The mineral composition of sand depends on location and the rock sources available. Weathering processes like wind, rain, and snow break down minerals and rocks into small pieces, eventually making sand. There are two main kinds of sand. The first, quartz sand, which, as the name states comes from quartz, is found mostly inland and continental areas. The second most common type of sand is calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate sand is created over millions of years, coral and shellfish particles often being found in this type of sand. This type of sand is found where reefs are present and a large part of the ecosystem, such as the Caribbean.
Revealed by Man – It is estimated that there are 4,800,000,000,000,000,000,000 grains of sand in the world. These sand pictures are sealed tightly so that the liquid will not leak out.  The sand in these pictures comes from all over the world. The black sand comes from the African coast, white from Caribbean beaches and New Mexico, and coral pink from Utah.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of sand pictures and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.