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What would be the best way to make a model of the earth including all internal layers visable in a disection? Answered

I need to start my son off with a school project - hes 12. Thanks for help in advance.?

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aeray
aeray

10 years ago

Dryer lint. Really.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 10 years ago

??? Can you expand on this a bit? Are you suggesting to use dryler lint as a base for papier mache?

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aeray
aeray

Answer 10 years ago

No. A former family friend once collected dryer lint after sorting her laundry a bit more thoroughly than most of us do. She then sorted the lint bits into groups of similar/same colors, and then rolled them up like a giant multi-layered jawbreaker about 16" in diameter, compacting them well. She then sliced it open, revealing the layered colors of "felt" within. It was quite amazing, and she has produced several more of varying dimensions and colors since.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 10 years ago

Wow. That's amazing, and very cool, and more than a little bit inflammable!

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aeray
aeray

Answer 10 years ago

Are you being facetious? Often, I'm not sure...

I didn't actually test it out, but I'm pretty sure that the layers were compacted tightly enough the it wouldn't have burned very well. They look like giant lumps of dense felt, and are quite hefty. Just offhand (or on-hand; I used to portion steaks by eye quite a bit) I'd say that the 16" diameter one weighed 6-7 pounds.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 10 years ago

I wasn't being facetious about the awesome and very cool part; that's a fascinating project. I've used relatively compacted lint (not felt-like, but more "wadded up") as tinder for a campfile, and it burns quite nicely.

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aeray
aeray

Answer 10 years ago

Yes, that's why I always store some in my navel, just in case, and so much handier than in an Altoids tin.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 10 years ago

Well, there's only one thing to say to that...

"Are you being facetious? Often, I'm not sure..."

:-D

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aeray
aeray

Answer 10 years ago

Touché.

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orksecurity
orksecurity

10 years ago

Layers of clay, slice in half? At each layer, you can build up things like volcanos penetrating the next layer up... then slice appropriately.

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Burf
Burf

Answer 10 years ago

+1
Yep, I was thinking of regular kids modelling clay layered in a hemisphere on a sheet of glass or plexi-glass.

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Dr. Pepper
Dr. Pepper

10 years ago

A Styrofoam ball that's cut in half then paint and label the layers.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

10 years ago

Have a google - there are several paper models that could be downloaded or used as inspiration.