In geology, a rock is a naturally occurring solid aggregate of one or more minerals or mineraloids. For example, the common rock granite is a combination of the quartz, feldspar and biotite minerals. The Earth's outer solid layer, the lithosphere, is made of rock. Rocks have been used by mankind... MORE
In geology, a rock is a naturally occurring solid aggregate of one or more minerals or mineraloids. For example, the common rock granite is a combination of the quartz, feldspar and biotite minerals. The Earth's outer solid layer, the lithosphere, is made of rock. Rocks have been used by mankind throughout history. From the Stone Age rocks have been used for tools. The minerals and metals found in rocks have been essential to human civilization. Three major groups of rocks are defined: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The scientific study of rocks is called petrology, which is an essential component of geology. LESS
The Duke and Duchess journey to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, to witness a indigenous welcoming dance from the traditional owners of the sacred site The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were welcomed to the Red Centre of Australia with a display of indigenous dance from the traditional owners of Uluru today. Members of the Anangu Aboriginal people performed a song and dance called an Inma, telling stories from Tjukurpa, the Anangu's belief system. Men and women wearing body paint danced ritual steps as others clapped sticks and sang verses from folk songs. The Duchess, sitting next to Adam Giles, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, clearly enjoyed the performance as she asked Mr Giles about the significance of the dance moves. In Anangu culture, the art of dance is reserved for a very small number of special events and is rarely seen. Some Tjukurpa stories are only passed on to people who have inherited the right to that knowledge. The couple were visiting the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre in the national park that includes Uluru, or Ayers Rock, and Kata-Tjuta, another sacred monolith nearby. The Duchess had changed into a Hobbs dress, having arrived in the region earlier wearing a Roksanda Ilincic dress. The couple were told that the Cultural Centre's two buildings represent the battle between Liru the poisonous snake and Kuniya, the womb python, one of the key stories in Anangu tradition. The two buildings are positioned to represent the pair watching each other across the battlefield. The central courtyard with a dead desert oak surrounded by young oaks, represents the transformed warriors of the Liru clan. Princess Kate, as the indigenous people called her, was given a necklace made from natural elements found in the desert; painted gumnuts and rich red ininti seeds. The Duke was given a paddle-shaped handmade shield (tjara). The shield has an ancient history as a defence against spears (or kulata) and clubs (tjutanpa). Get the latest headlines http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Subscribe to The Telegraph http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=telegraphtv Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/telegraph.co.uk Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/telegraph Follow us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/102891355072777008500/ Telegraph.co.uk and YouTube.com/TelegraphTV are websites of The Daily Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, spor...
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