S: Sparkling Journey By: Alexandra Mazuera P, Sofia Laverde, and Laura Arango Kihuan
BC: By: Alexandra Mazuera Perez, Sofia Laverde and Laura Arango Kihuan.
FC: minerals | Sparkling Journey
1: My name is Emily, I am a ten year old student and last month. I was planning on making a trip because I love to explore, so I decided to go to a cave, to discover new things. I went there by myself during the morning and I returned home at night. I found some very interesting and beautiful rocks which I showed to my grandpa, Eric.
2: He is a sixty-year old man that has green eyes, and knows a lot of things. He told me that these rocks were minerals, natural occurring solid chemicals, which have a regular atomic structure. He told me that there are different types and they have different uses.
3: I took out one mineral from my backpack, and asked my grandpa how was it called. I liked it a lot because it was very shiny and had a silver color. It was a diamond, the hardest known mineral on earth. He told me that the name of this mineral came from the Greek word adamas "invincible".
4: Then I took out another one that I did not like too much because it was black and not very pretty. I asked grandpa what this mineral was and he told me it was a carbon and that there were two kinds, one that was made by normal people specially farmers but that it was not a mineral and the
5: other one was a mineral and they use it specially in factories or in big machines. Both of this types of carbon are used as fuels. We both went to bed because it was really late and I was very sleepy.
6: The next day, Eric and I went to have breakfast, cooked by grandma, a fifty-five year old lady that was very nice, loving, and amicable. We continued to talk about those solid shapes and we decided to go on a trip together, to the cave, to find some more rocks. Then I asked him what a green and shiny
7: mineral that we saw, was. He told me that it was an Emerald and that this name was taken from the Greek word smaragdos "green gem". He also said that this green gem was used for jewelry.
8: While we were recollecting and talking about the things we saw, my grandpa, remembered a story about his marriage. He said that the ring that he gave grandma when he proposed her to marry him, had a couple of emeralds and diamonds that she liked a lot.
9: We continued walking and I found a blueish mineral that I loved. I knew that it was called a Sapphire, but I did not know a lot about it. My grandpa said that its name came from the Greek word sappheiros "blue stone". Also he told me that this rocks were commonly used in jewelry and in crowns.
10: The next day, we found one called Ruby, which was a pink to blood-red colored gemstone. Its name came from the Latin word ruber "red". By the time we finished looking in that cave, we went to another one.
11: There, we found lots of different minerals, and each day we went home, classified the rocks we had collected and talked about them.
12: One day, on our way home, my grandpa and I had the beautiful idea of making a ring and a pair of earrings to grandma using the ruby we found. We decided to make them because she patiently waited for us everyday that we were gone, and she helped us with our food and our stuff.
13: She was very happy, and immediately put them on.
14: One night, I, Emily, decided to create this book to share to the world our knowledge and searches and also to show the kids and adults how many different minerals you can find in different places of the world.