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New COVID-19 webpage by the Natural Stone Institute with useful information also for non-American (stone) companies

Topics reach from checklists for worker protection, quarantine behavior to cyber criminals seeking to capitalize on the epidemic

Miscellaneous: ideas with natural stone

A diadem made with the gemstone aquamarine and diamonds is now part of the Dorothy and Artie McFerrin Gallery in The Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS). The collection already boasts two other Fabergé tiaras

Deep sea sediments are full of unicellular organisms that utilize the „rain” of nutrients from above

In a thimble full of sea floor mud there are about 120 million cells of Woeseiales bacteria

Germany has a „Rock of the Year“ and with some success

The aim is to make citizens aware of the importance of geology and these natural resources

The shape of mountain and valley is developed in a complex interplay of climate and vegetation

A research team from the University of Tübingen examined the role of vegetation, precipitation and soil erosion

Computer model: Mars’ core-mantle boundary lies at some 1,800 km beneath the surface (Earth: 2,900 km)

The Red Planet’s innermost part is only about one-sixth of its mass (Earth: one-third) and contains moderate amounts of sulfur, oxygen, and hydrogen

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