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Category Archive: Nature

Cotton – Summer Snowballs

Cotton - Summer Snowballs

Cotton – Summer Snowballs

Cotton is the most important and widely used natural fiber in the world. It is primarily an agricultural crop, but it can also be found growing wild.
Cotton was one of the first cultivated plants. There is evidence that the cotton plant was cultivated in India as long as 5,000 years ago.
The cotton plant is cone or pyramid shaped and grows to a height of 0.9–1.8 m. The fruit of the cotton plant is called the boll. Different kinds of cotton plant produce fibers of different lengths. The longest fibers may be 6.5 centimeters long.
Cotton plants grow in warm areas in many parts of the world. Some of the top cotton-growing countries are the United States, Pakistan, India, and Uzbekistan. China is the world’s biggest producer of cotton.
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About bread

About bread

About bread

About 10,000 BC, man first started eating flat bread — a baked combination of flour and water. Ancient Egyptians were the first to have baked leavened bread. About 3,000 BC, they started fermenting a flour and water mixture by using wild yeast. Since wheat is the only grain with sufficient gluten content to make a raised or leavened loaf of bread, wheat quickly became favored over other grains grown at the time, such as oats, millet, rice, and barley.
In 150 BC, the first bakers’ guilds were formed in Rome. Wealthy Romans insisted on the more exclusive and expensive white bread. Roman bakeries produced a variety of breads and distributed free bread to the poor in times of need.
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Inside the Hive

Inside the Hive

Inside the Hive

Bees are four-winged stinging social insects producing wax and honey. They live all over the world except Antarctica. There are more than 20,000 species, or types, of bee. The best-known kinds are honeybees and bumblebees. Like all insects, bees have six legs. They have two pairs of wings and five eyes. They also have mouth parts that act like a long tongue.
We can distinguish among them queens, workers and drones.
Some people are afraid of bees, for they think that the bees will sting them, but unless a bee is frightened it does not sting. So the bee flying from flower to flower to collect honey and pollen is not dangerous.
There are thousands of bees in a hive, but only one queen, who spends all her time laying eggs. The queen bee is the biggest bee in the hive.
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Most unusual animal eggs

Shark eggs

Shark eggs


In many myths, the egg is a symbol of the universe, in Ancient Greek mythology Helen of Troy hatched from the egg, death of Koshchey the Immortal was hidden in an egg. Anyway, the egg is associated with the birth of new life.
Let’s look at the most unusual eggs.

Shark eggs

Eggs of these menacing sea creatures have a very strange shape. It is also called a mermaid’s purse or devil’s purse. The egg is in a thin capsule which is filled with collagen. Shark eggs are usually as large as a human palm. But there is a fixed record of 2 meters. The shark leaves the eggs at the bottom. It happens that there are several sharks in the same egg and the strongest eats the others.
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Green predators – carnivorous plants

Green predators - carnivorous plants

Green predators – carnivorous plants


The first flowering plants blossomed in the midst of the era of the dinosaurs – 140 million years ago. Probably you think that plants are delicate and harmless. But there are different plants that feed on insects, and each one seems to be as clever and as cruel as any animal that goes hunting for its food. Carnivorous plants have the subject of some captivating tales of science fiction, involving fantastic trees that consume large, unwary creatures in tropical forests. Most carnivorous plants grow in acidic bogs, unproductive lakes, or sandy soils. These are all habitats that are poor in the nutrients that plants require for growth. Most species of carnivorous plants are rare, and many are endangered.

Venus’s-flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) grows in certain parts of North and South Carolina. This plant is the most business-like insect eater of all. When a fly touches the hairs that grow along the leaf, the plant snaps it shut like a trap. After the fly is digested by juices in the plant, it opens up again.
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What kind of tree are you?

What kind of tree are you?

What kind of tree are you?


According to the druid horoscope each one of us was born under a special tree. To tell the truth I’ve found several a little bit different variants.
Find your birthday below to learn what your tree is and read about your personality.

December 24 to January 2 – June 23 to July 2 – Apple Tree
January 3 to January 12 – July 3 to July 12 – Fir Tree
January 13 to January 21 – July 13 to July 22 – Elm Tree
January 22 to February 1 – July 23 to August 1 – Cypress
February 2 to February 10 – August 2 to August 11 – Poplar
February 11 to February 20 – August 12 to August 21 – Cedar
February 21 to March 1 – August 22 to September 1 – Pine
March 2 to March 11 – September 2 to September 11 – Weeping Willow
March 12 to March 21 – September 12 to September 21 – Lime
March 21-23 – Oak
September 22-23 – Olive Tree
March 24 to March 31 – September 24 to October 3 – Walnut tree
April 1 to April 10 – October 4 to October 13 – Rowan
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The Bermuda Triangle

Bermuda Triangle

Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle, also known as Devil’s Triangle. It is one of the strangest and most mysterious places on our planet. A lot of planes, ships and helicopters disappeared in this area. They just seem to vanish into the air.
In 1492 when Christopher Columbus made his famous voyage to the New World he wrote in his log that his compass acted very strangely. He and his crew were confused by shallow areas of sea with no land nearby.
The Bermuda Triangle lies in the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico and is about 1.3 million square kilometers in size.
It is notorious for gobbling up ships. American naval ship Cyclops was of the most famous ships which disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle. In March, 1918, during World War I, it set sail from Bermuda and was never seen again. The Cyclops vanished without a trace, taking with it 306 crew members.
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