As the British poet Alexander Pope once observed: Of hairs, of straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms! Indeed, what makes Lebanese amber so significant from the scientist's point of view - rather than the jeweler's - is that it is the oldest known amber to contain Pope's bits of flora and fauna from the past. This article appeared on pages 32-36 of the November/December 1981 print edition of Saudi Aramco World.
Pope was not alone in wondering; the fragments of flora and fauna found in amber excited the curiosity of scientists everywhere since they often contained vestiges of extinct animal and plant life, which are capable of informing us about our world millions of years ago. There is also amber, in the midst of which there is a single bee, in shape and color like a living one.. At may happen that bees are moistened by the fir-resin, and thus, as it falls down to the ground, are completely entrapped... Only that kind which, when rubbed with the palm of the hand, and thus made warm, attracts mustard-seeds, is genuine". In this region shafts are sunk through a superficial stratum of marl and sand, a bed of lignite with light sands, gray clays, and finally a layer of green sand, 15 to 18 meters thick (50 to 60 feet).
Pope was not alone in wondering; the fragments of flora and fauna found in amber excited the curiosity of scientists everywhere since they often contained vestiges of extinct animal and plant life, which are capable of informing us about our world millions of years ago.
sens a gent. All these strata contain amber, but in the lower portion of the green sand there is a stratum of glauconitic sand - "blue earth" - one-and-a-half meters thick (about five feet), in which amber nodules occur so abundantly that seven to nine square meters (80 to 100 square feet) yield several thousand pounds. Get XML access to fix the meaning of your metadata. When the Greek hero Meleager was born, the Fates decreed that as long as a certain brand in the fire was not consumed he would be immortal.
It is curious, and would have given great pleasure to Dr. Johnson, that ancient and medieval uncertainties about the nature of amber are nothing to the uncertainties of modern science with regard to the nature of the particle named after it. For the medieval Muslims, the main use of amber was medicinal. ○ Lettris kahraba; Find the word definition. Even today, most of the world's amber comes from the shores of the Baltic Sea, where it has been mined on a large scale for more than two centuries, thus giving the area the name "The Amber Coast." Last year, however, the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research began to show interest in his work, and offer financial support, and at the moment is considering a proposal to finance publication of a study of Lebanese amber to bring the results of Acra's research together with that of other international authorities. However, the Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour refused to send Kahraba’s international clearance meaning that he couldn’t participate in any of the Portuguese side’s official games. Indeed, what makes Lebanese amber so significant from the scientist's point of view - rather than the jeweler's - is that it is the oldest known amber to contain Pope's bits of flora and fauna from the past.