Thursday, January 28, 2010

Amber

Noor's interest in dinosaurs and fossils was peaked this weekend when we took her to see (and touch!) a great collection of fossils and gems. She spent a lot of time looking at amber under a microscope and wanted to make her own when we got home.

She figured out the process entirely on her own, with a bit of Socratic questioning from me. It went something like this:

N: "How can I fossilize tree sap?"
B: "It would take a very, very long time--millions of years."
N: "If I catch that bug and soak it in agave nectar it will look like amber."
B: "Will it be solid or liquid?"
N: "Liquid...but if I freeze it, it will turn solid!"

Please don't tell PETA

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