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What Is Hard Water?

Water that contains large amounts of dissolved minerals that make it difficult for soap to lather is called “hard water.” We usually think of water as an odorless and tasteless liquid.  But drinking water for example often has a definite odor and taste. Pure water is never found in nature because water picks up and …

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Where come camphor come from?

Natural camphor is a fragrant gum that comes from the camphor tree.  Camphor (pronounced KAM-fur) is a fragrant gum that comes from the camphor laurel tree. Camphor is used in medicine, explosives, and plastics, as well as in many other useful products.  (Perhaps your mother uses balls of camphor in closets and drawers to keep …

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Where does wax come from?

When we think of wax, we may think of the soft, solid material that candles are made of. There are many kinds of wax and many uses for them.  Wax comes from animal, vegetable, and mineral sources. The wax used for making most candles and for sealing jars of homemade jelly is called paraffin.  Paraffin …

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What are the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are the magnificent display of colored lights that occurs near the earth’s north Magnetic pole. If you live far enough north, you may have seen the magnificent display of glowing, flickering colored lights high in the clear night sky. The northern lights are one of nature’s most dazzling shows.  …

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