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Copyright: Aires Mario da Cruz (oscarromulus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 222 N: 2634] (7456)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-11
Categories: Savannah
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-16 21:38
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Points: 44
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The two small mounds you are looking at was registerd near Drumheller, Alberta, Canada within the Midland Provincial Park and almost in front of the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Their composition, mainly, is
Bentonite Clay, a millions and millions of years of volcanic ash. In 1890 an American geologist gave it its name,Bentonite. Montmorillonite is the main determining ingredient in this Bentonite Clay. Montmorillon is a town in Southern France; and, it was here that its medicinal use was first discovered and identified. It is also known as Smectite. Bentonite was used in the Balkan war of 1910 to reduce mortality from cholera among the soldiers. Russian scientists use Bentonite to protect their bodies from radiation when working with nuclear material, by coating their hands and bodies with a hydrated Bentonite “mama” before putting on the radiation suits. It absorbs radiation so well, that it was the choice material used to dump into Chernobyl after the nuclear meltdown in the former Soviet Union.

Bentonite is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays used to treat both internal and external ailments. It contains high concentrations of iron, magnesium and silicon. It is also the most effective natural intestinal detoxifying agents available. It attracts and neutralizes poisons in the intestinal tract, is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. Once this is started, from here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they stick. Many people reported that after using Bentonite for a two to four week period they experienced improved intestinal regularity, relief from chronic constipation, indigestion, diarrhea and ulcers. There is virtually no digestive disease that the clay will not treat or assist in treating. They also had increased physical energy, clearer complexion, brighter eyes, increased resistance to infections, enhanced emotional state, and improved tissues and gums. It can eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, mucus colitis, spastic colitis, viral infections, stomach flu and parasites (parasites are unable to reproduce in the presence of clay). It absorbs radiation, cancer treatment, cell phones, microwaves, x-rays, just to begin with. Bentonite is used as an antidote in heavy metal poisoning. It is also used in personal care products, mudpacks, sunburn paint, baby and face powders and face creams.

However, here in Alberta one is not permitted to remove even a teaspoon of this stuff to take home. It is protected under the HISTORICAL RESOURCES ACT. It is also illegal to collect any fossil within a provincial park.


Medicinal Properties.

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What a fascinating note Aires. I know that folk medicine of the south US often includes "eating clay". It's a nice sharp image.

Evelynn : )

Hello Mario,
An interesting landscape, captured with fine details!
The colours are most eye-catching, and contrast well the remains of snow...
For sure, spring has arrived!
Pablo -

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4635 W: 248 N: 4025] (13237)
  • [2007-03-17 4:04]

Hello mario,
Magnificent landscape.I liked low level POV,large DOF,sharpness and framing a lot.Bentonite clay is also very important for civil and geological engineering.It's mixing with water and using by excavating and drilling soil for reinforcing.Have a great weekend:)

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 449 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-17 4:35]

Hello Mario,
As someone who has a keen interest in geology, this photograph is of great appeal to me. Read your very informative note, too. The photo itself reflects careful composition with perfect exposure. The little patch of snow adds a nice touch.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3057 W: 3 N: 8575] (39818)
  • [2007-03-17 8:19]

Hello Mario,
Again a wondeful landscape picture with an excellent and very instructive note. The different earth-tones in your picture are just marvellous,specially in contrast with the blue sky. Amazing what you can all cure with this clay.
Best regards

Add a little purple and the area could be in southern Utah. Very nice photo.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1729 W: 95 N: 2273] (8413)
  • [2007-03-17 9:14]

Hi Mario,
Excelent photo and outstanding note; I've enjoy every word on it.
Best regards, José M.

Hello Aires!
Great, monumental presentation! :) Colours are nice and warm, DOF very good and POV very interesting. I like the stratification well seen on the rocks and a very interesting and informative note.
TFS and best greetings,

Dear Mario
this is the landscape I always love to see:the great wide vista,the open ,wild,spaces that we in Europe always associate to the American continent!
Your photo is magnificent in colour ,composition and takes me across the ocean to the open spaces of wild America!
very interesting notes ,also!

um abraço do Amigo de Portugal

Hi Mario,
This is so nice. Details, textures, colors...it's amazing!!
Useful note as well!

bravo pour cette prise de vue, bonnes couleurs, bon POV
bien vu

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 914 W: 0 N: 507] (1851)
  • [2007-03-19 3:38]
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Hello Mario,

I've with a lot attention reading your note, I find this very well that these are protected, I'm no green soldier but we must us nature conserve.
It's a wonderful picture with the last snow, lovely landscape wit a wonderful relief!
Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

Hi Aires.
What a great landscape picture. Razor sharpness, rich colours, amazing composition and POV. Note, as always, is full of content and interesting. Thank you for your nice picture and so nice words addressed to me.
Sincerely yours,

Hi Mario,
Beautiful desolate landscape, I like the good "textures" you´ve captured of the relieve and the good note that accompanies it.
Best regards

Hi Mario,
Looks like winter has passed and spring is arriving. A great photo with a perfect composition. The little mound in the FG with the patch of snow in the shade is a great leadline to the larger mount with all its beautiful layers and shapes. The clear sky makes the photo perfect.

Hi Mario,
great pov and saturation.Excellent place.

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-03-23 12:58]

Hi Aires,

That's a very impressive landscape.
You're capture looks great, with beautiful colours and excellent details.
I liked reading your note also, it's very interesting.
Thanks for sharing both of them!

Greetings, Nel

Hi friend,
is a great place ... the persfective is excellent! The colours are good! A very good note! Take care Ana:)

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5619 W: 732 N: 4163] (11270)
  • [2007-04-07 3:04]
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Hi Mario

Sorry, but I did not forget my promise. I am just terribly slow in catching up.

To start with, you provided a very interesting and highly educational note. Great stuff MF. The photo offer great visual material to go with the fascinating notes. The image is exceptionally sharp and displays excellent colours. The composition was obviously carefully planned and captured as it fits snugly into the 1/3's rule for landscaping with clear lines depiction the foreground, midground, and the lovely blue sky. The DOF was spot-on to give great focus throughout the entire range from foreground to infinity. The sporadic patches of snow give a nice break in the repetitive brown colouration of the Bentonite clay.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-04-17 2:11]

Nice landscape, Mario! Though barren one - after your explanation note one gets involved in the curiosities of the place. When reading about the restrictions over the place, one gets happy that they have not forbidden shooting at the place;-))

Hi Mario,
It looks like a little Ayers rock ! Great shot.

Wow, I needed that stuff in India and Nepal, for my stomach! Maybe tht is why some pregnant women want to eat clay.....I was given two tiny bits of charcoal when sick on the airplane, and it that a miracle for my stomach.....

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