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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mazarine Deep Blue, Oldest Paris Public Library Mazarine, and Transform Faults of the Deep Dead Sea

           Any day I learn a new word, especially a colorful one, is a good day. Mazarine blue made Tuesday for me this week:



           Apparently it is all the rage in athletic footwear colors as an internet search of images produced butterflies,





shirts,




and an inordinate amount of running shoes:



       
           It is also the name of the oldest public library in Paris, dating to 1643:




     How to get from a deep, deep blue, to the oldest public library in Paris, to the lowest elevation on earth (excluding subsea topography, of course) in the Rift Valley of the Dead Sea?



          Just look at that mazarine blue color of the Dead Sea, which is up to 34 percent saline, nine times the salinity of the ocean, and is over 1,000 feet at its deepest point. The Dead Sea straddles Israel/Palestine to the west and Jordan to the east:


     The Dead Sea is part of the longer and larger rift zone extending from the Red Sea through the Gulf of Aqaba and through the Dead Sea via the Dead Sea Rift Zone or Dead Sea Transform Fault:
         




          This left lateral-moving transform fault lies along the tectonic plate boundary between the African Tectonic Plate and the Arabian Tectonic Plate. It runs between the East Anatolian Fault zone in Turkey and the northern end of the Red Sea Rift offshore of the southern tip of Sinai Peninsula.

          The geologic history of the area is the subject of much debate. It is a complicated area both geologically and politically.

          The blue of the Dead Sea water approaches Mazarine Blue, yes?


          Mazarine Blue: new to you? Thoughts on the Dead Sea transform fault and the Dead Sea rift zone?

Happy Mazarine Blue Thanksgiving!
Steph  






     

27 comments:

  1. Scientific Steph,
    Some say the Dead Sea Scrolls presage the coming of a Nazarine messiah.

    LegoAnythingForAProphet

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    1. I thought of a Nazarene messiah also, Lego.

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  2. I think Mazarine Blue and Maizirine White would make an excellent color combination.

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    1. But in the Dead Sea rift zone area, that could be seen as a political statement.

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    2. Ah, true, jan. But, a lively color combination nonetheless, Paul. Might we also call Maizirine "Playa White?"

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  3. Two new blue (what a poet!) terms for me today. The other is Blue energy, which showed up in an AP news wire story I just read.

    And the Dead Sea rift zone showed up the the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions last week. They were looking for the name of the valley in Lebanon that's the northern end of the African Great Rift Valley. I shouted "Bekaa!" from my exercise bike (too dark outside for my real one), but none of them heard me.

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    1. Blue Energy and Mazarine Blue in one day? Wow!

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  4. I know that Wisconsin used to have a law that Mazarine couldn't be colored yellow, to avoid confusion with their native butter, but I think blue would have been OK.

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    1. That's exactly Mazarine Blue! Beautiful!

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    2. jan,
      Exactly! This just might be the answer to the question that George Carlin pondered.

      LegoButterHead

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  5. Another Mazarine of note is Mazarine Marie Pingeot, the daughter of Fran├žois Mitterrand and Anne Pingeot.

    The color was likely named after Cardinal Mazarin with no 'e.'

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  6. I thought cardinals were red? Oh, you mean mazarine cardinal!

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    1. Yeah, but he came up on a search for "blue cardinal".

      How about this guy, family Cardinalidae?

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  7. For many years, I have not purchased anything on "Black Friday" as the consumerism is just so ridiculous. This year, in addition to no purchases, I am declaring today Mazarine Friday, a day to get out and enjoy beautiful mazarine skies on a cross-country ski, hike, or walk. Hope all you PEOTSers had a great Thanksgiving and will get outside for some mazarine (rather than retail) therapy.

    Perfect Colorado day here in the mountains!

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    1. Hmmmm. Let orgones be orgones?

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    2. Ether coming, came, going, orgone?

      Steph,
      Love the idea of Mazarine Friday. Sure, being in the black is better than being in the black in the world of marketing. But in the world of... well, in the world, being in a mazarine state is better than being in a red state.

      LegoingGoingOrgone

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    3. Lego, a calling in naming things awaits you!

      Your true (mazarine) blue friend,
      Steph

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    1. Yeah, I noticed that, but was reluctant to post because of the, er, cross-pollination issues.

      What if Cerulean grows up to marry Blue Ivy Carter? Do you suppose they're fans of the Indigo Girls?

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    2. Yes, I noted that, jan, and was very surprised it was not a known among the youngins.

      Am I blue? Only blue-sky 68 degrees blue.

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    3. Cerulean conjures up such a different image than Herculean. . .and yet they rhyme.

      Sure, let's all be Indigo Girls' fans.

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