When most people think of an opal, they might think of a milky-colored stone containing a rainbow of stripes or flecks inside it. What many people don’t know is that they are incredibly diverse in appearance, and are not actually minerals. Opals are a solid, amorphous form of silica, and are classified as “mineraloids”. Like other mineraloids, such as amber, pearl, and obsidian, they lack structural order, or “crystallinity”.
From the top:
Cat’s Eye Opals
Peruvian Pink Opals
Yowah Nut and Koroit Opals (both have the same characteristics - they merely come from two different areas).
Ethiopian Honeycomb Opals
Green Opals (Serbian, Tanzanian, and Brazilian)
Peruvian Blue Opals
Landscape Opals (Andean and Australian)
Mexican Fire Opals
Australian Boulder Opals
Ethiopian Ribbon Opals
(Side note - the image backgrounds are transparent, except for the matrix/landscape picture, which seems hellbent on being an asshat, no matter how many times I try to fix it)
Finally, my only really original work, a comedic condensing of One Piece I affectionately named “wanpiss comics”. First of many, expect the next one this Tuesday or Wednesday. And expect a new one every time the manga’s on break.
In a matter of hours on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan completely devastated parts of the central Philippines. It was one of the strongest storms ever recorded. The death toll is estimated up to 10,000 with hundreds of thousands more displaced. The country has declared a “state of calamity.”
The victims need all the help they can get. Cities have been leveled, buildings made of concrete were destroyed by strong winds and storm surges. Communications have yet to be reestablished in most of the areas affected by the typhoon. The full picture left behind by Haiyan has yet to be established yet the devastation reported on television is already extensive. The government is bracing for large-scale relief operations. Virtually 1/3 of the country has been ravaged by this natural disaster. And we need help.
HOW THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CAN HELP
donations via the Philippine Red Cross (including PayPal)