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An Art that Nature Makes



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Fossilized ammonite. Courtesy Rosamond Purcell.

Wood in the shape of a snake. Courtesy Rosamond Purcell.

Wisconsin river concretions. Courtesy Rosamond Purcell.

Have you ever found a rock that looks like a sculpture? A stick that looks like a snake?

 

Sometimes, we find things in nature that look like someone must have made them. In the period 400 or 500 years ago, many people believe that nature acted like an artist, creating objects that looked like paintings, sculptures, or pictures. Today, we know that these things are made through natural processes. But it is still fun to look at rocks, stones, and shells and imagine what else they could be.   

 


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