Sunday, 26 June 2011

Seashells Observation

Shells are among the most familiar and fascinating of nature's creations. Prized since ancient times for their beauty, they appear in Mexican temple art, on Greek and Roman vases, in Renaissance paintings and architectural sculpture, and in modern jewelry and furniture. Mollusks, the animals that produce shells, are abundant and widespread. They live from the Arctic to the Antarctic, in oceans and in brooks, rivers, ponds, and lakes on every continent. They have been discovered far above the tree line on high Himalayan peaks, and in bleak, sandy or rocky deserts. The flourish in tropical jungles and on sandy beaches, as well as in shallow lagoons and water as deep as 6000 meters.

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Because mollusks are so common and widespread, prehistoric man quickly discovered their uses. He learned that some are good eating. In a cave in the mountains of Iraq, excavations have revealed quantities of land snails related to today's escargot - evidence that man feasted on this delicacy 40,000 to 50,000 years ago.

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Shells have other uses too. The Phoenicians used certain murex snails to prepare a "royal purple" dye. Cowries, tusk shells, and other species have served until recently as money in many parts of the world, and certain large snails are still transformed into trumpets, hoes, and boat-bailers. Oysters are sought for their precious pearls and mother-of-pearl, while helmet and conch shells are carved in relief to form cameos.

The variety and beauty found in the world of seashells has aroused the collecting instinct in people since early times.

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Note: All shells were photographed on their natural ambient ( Red Sea ) and non of them was taken away!

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