Quartzite, a metamorphic rock derived from sandstone. In some quartzite the sand grains are recemented with silica. In others the metamorphism (change) of the sandstone results from great pressure. Quartzite is extremely hard and highly resistant to chemicals. It has a glassy luster and may be white, gray, pink, or brown. Quartzite is used in making glass and to pave roads.
The Smithsonian Institution began with an unexpected donation and has now grown to a massive collection of American artifacts. The Smithsonian is world renowned for its museum and for scientific endeavors. Take this quiz and learn more about the famous Smithsonian Institution.
We've all heard about this prestigious prize, but why is it such an honor, exactly? Learn the history and process of the awards and the winners, and see what makes the Nobel Prize such a distinguished accomplishment.