Vail Daily science column: Glass is all around us

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By caramie schnell

In the spirit of Halloween, Denver’s Botanic Gardens is in full costume. Seuss-like silica spikes, crazy crystalline citadels and psychedelic petals ooze from the landscape. Rather than being tropical plants gone wild, these features are made of glass. Glass is all around us, although typically less conspicuously than in the Gardens’ Chihuly exhibition. It’s on our faces, our phones and our homes. But where does it come from? Glass comes from sand. Much of that sand begins its journey right here in the mountains. On the mountaintops just north of Vail, rocks such as granite are broken down by snow, …

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