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Rain – amazing natural phenomenon

Rain - amazing natural phenomenon

Rain – amazing natural phenomenon

Rain is the liquid form of water that falls from the sky in drops. Rain fills lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. It provides the freshwater needed by humans, animals, and plants. Rain is a part of Earth’s endless water cycle.
It may sound a paradox, but it is actually rain that keeps the earth dry. If the moisture was not taken out of the air and formed into clouds, it would condense on every solid surface. We would feel as if we were in a steam bath.
Rain falls almost everywhere on Earth. One of the world’s rainiest places is Mount Waialeale in Hawaii. It rains about 350 days a year there. One of the driest places on Earth is the Atacama Desert in Chile.
The Sahara desert in Africa is very dry. Rain never falls on some parts of it. It is true that clouds pass over those areas and actually drop rain but the rain never touches the ground. The heat of the desert air evaporates the moisture as it falls.
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Wonderful clouds

Wonderful clouds

Wonderful clouds

Clouds are made of water—thousands of gallons of water, floating high in the air. It’s easier to believe this when you know that cloud water takes the form of tiny droplets. The droplets are so tiny that you couldn’t see one if it was separated from all the others. If all these water droplets in a cloud meet a mass of warm air they evaporate – and the cloud disappears! This is why clouds are constantly changing shape.
Sometimes the water droplets join together around tiny pieces of dust in the air. These drops get bigger and bigger as more droplets collect. When they become too heavy to float, they fall.
There are three main kinds of clouds. “Cumulus” refers to the small puffballs or great wooly-looking clouds that are flat on the bottom. “Stratus” are low clouds, usually streaky or without much shape. And “cirrus” are light feathery clouds, like the ones in the photo. Sometimes cirrus clouds are so high, where the air is very cold, that the whole cloud is made of ice.
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Sifting through the sands of time

Sifting through the sands of time

Sifting through the sands of time


When you are on the beach, you are stepping on ancient mountains, skeletons of marine animals, even tiny diamonds.
As children we play on it and as adults we relax on it. We complain when it gets in our food and we praise when it’s moulded into castles.
If we looked at it, we would discover an account of a geological past and a history of marine life that goes back thousands and in some cases millions of years.
The sand covers not just seashores, but also ocean beds, deserts and mountains. It is one of the most common substances on earth. And it is a major element that people use.
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Graffiti – art or vandalism?

Graffiti – art or vandalism

Graffiti – art or vandalism

Some people believe that graffiti is an example of anti-social behavior, the work of vandals. It was earlier when teenagers wrote swear words and gang names on the fences and pavement. Nowadays, many of those ‘vandals’ are treated as respected artists, and some of them have made it in the world of business.
Now graffiti has the status of ‘street art’. You can see it in advertisements, on clothes, on toys.
The term graffiti comes from the Greek word ‘graphein’ which means ‘to write’. Graffiti was discovered in countries of the Ancient East, Greece, Rome (Pompeii, the Roman catacombs). The earliest graffiti appeared in the 3rd millennium BCE. Then they were presented in the form of prehistoric cave paintings and pictographs. The drawings were often made in the ritual and sacred places in caves. Most often, they portrayed animals, wildlife and hunting scenes.
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Solomon Guggenheim Museum

Solomon Guggenheim Museum

Solomon Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum is home to one of the world’s top collections of modern art. This strangely- shaped house is one of the most famous buildings in New York.
Solomon R. Guggenheim, a rich American businessman, was fond of art. When he retired from business he began collecting art seriously. His friend Hilla Rebay, a German baroness and artist, helped him to buy pictures for his collection.
Solomon’s favorite artist was Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, who became the first ‘abstract’ artist in the world. Kandinsky believed colors and forms could express and inspire. Guggenheim was so fascinated by Kandinsky’s works that he bought more than 150 pictures by the Russian artist. He also collected pictures by other Modernist artists – Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Paul Klee.
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Realistic landscapes by Vyacheslav Palachev

Realistic landscapes by Vyacheslav Palachev

Realistic landscapes by Vyacheslav Palachev

Vyacheslav Palachev was born on December 24, 1980 into the family of artists. Since childhood he took a great interest in painting and was the winner of district and regional school exhibitions. At the age of 17 he took up painting seriously. His first works were made in the technique of arts and crafts. Three years later the artist began to work in oil painting.
He painted mainly urban landscape of Rostov, Yaroslavl and still lifes. Flower bouquets on the pictures of Vyacheslav are filled with light, vitality and bright colors. The real success came after a series of the artist’s works in the genre of landscape.
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Remembering summer by Sergey Sviridov

Remembering summer by Sergey Sviridov

Remembering summer by Sergey Sviridov

Russian painter Sergey Sviridov was born in 1964 in the sunny Crimea in Simferopol.
In 1987 the artist graduated from the Faculty of Painting and Graphics of the V. Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute. Prior to that, Sergey studied and successfully graduated from the Simferopol School of Fine Arts. A native of the southern area, Sviridov paints wonderful marine landscapes, brilliant portraits and juicy still lifes. He showed great interest in the special colors of the southern Mediterranean coast. As an artist Sviridov was able to create a unique style, combining shadows and light. These contrasts allowed to create paintings filled with lively charm of southern nature, reflect the unique flavor of seascapes and portraits.
The greatest influence on the formation of a unique author’s style had a familiarity with the famous landscape painter Afanasiy Sukhinin.
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