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Moonstone at Tooth Temple

A cache by nancy-drew Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 03/30/2016
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Geocache Description:

Sandakada Pahana, also known as Moonstone, is a unique feature of the Sinhalese  architecture of ancient Sri Lanka.It is an elaborately carved semi-circular stone slab, usually placed at the bottom of stairs cases and entrances.


In the other hand, Sri Lanka is also very popular for the Moonstone as a gemstone . It as been used for jewelry for centuries, including ancient civilisation.You can still find mining in Sri Lanka and also possibility to visit factory like the one in,Ambalangoda.

This pale blue, almost transparent, stone is a type of feldspar known as adularia – the way the stone shimmers when it moves is known as adularescence. At Meetiyagoda you can see how the stones are actually mined. The miners climb down a 10-metre-deep shaft on a frame made of strong coconut wood. A machine pumps out water, but all the digging is done by hand. The buckets of soil that are wound regularly to the surface yield around 50-100 rough moonstones a day, though not all of them are saleable quality. The small adjoining factory cuts, polishes and sets the stones into more glamorous jewellery. In the saleroom you can see some beautiful examples of their art, along with other gems like topaz, garnets, tiger eye and tourmaline.

To log this cache you, must go to the GZ coordinates in order to find the new Moonstone, which replace the one destroyed by the 1998 attack.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_Temple_of_the_Tooth_attack

1) Please, send me one message PER player and NOT one message for several player (not e-mail !) : How many rows of stones is the wall, opposite at Temple entrance, and also what type of stone is it and how many color can you see on the stones.

2) What is the Moonstone gemstone chemical formula?

3) Why the gemstone as been called like this?

4) How many different colors can be the gemstone ?

You can log this cache without permission but, you wi'll be removed with no advice if your answers are wrong or missing.

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