Posts tagged ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’

January 27, 2014

What I learned last week #2

by Janie Jones

So this week I learned a few things life that will change my life forever.

In Ceramics I learned that it is not as easy to make a lattice weave bowl as it is to make a lattice weave pie crust.  Tomorrow I will see if it survived drying and then, if that was successful, I will cross my fingers and hope my 5 hours of labor survives firing.

In Biology I learned that the iconic White Cliffs of Dover are actually a graveyard for two tiny species of Protists, the foraminiferans and the radiolarians.  That’s a lot of dead microscopic critters.  The cell walls of these critters contain calcium carbonate and silica and are in part responsible for the famous cliff formation.

And, that’s about it for last week.