Friday Jan 22nd, 2021 Water Blog

The Italian project


I am doing a little home schooling at the moment because of the school closure during COVID-19 restrictions. Mostly there is very little need for my help, but today was the dreaded PROJECT!

Believe it or not projects are the bane of parent’s lives – second only to dress-up days.

However, on working through the various topics of interest like places, music and food of course, we had a chance to listen to Maria Callas performing at La Scala.  Simply divine. We also had a long chat about when we made amazing homemade tagliatelle using our pasta maker and we talked about holidays to Lake Como with Swiss cousins.

So – all in all, it was a very pleasant experience.  Of course though as we chatted about the Colosseum in Rome, I discovered that it was completed in 80 AD and is constructed from travertine Limestone. This is of great interest to me as I am preparing my aquatic chemistry online course for February.  Travertine limestone is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs.  It is formed by a rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spiring or in a limestone cave.  In a cave it can form stalactites and stalagmites.

So, this Italian project was somewhat of an education for me as well as a very enjoyable time with my young home schooler.


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