• He could detect shallower water by colour, and see the light of invisible lagoons reflected in the undersides of clouds.

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  • Each wind was given a name, which along with the colour of water or the height of waves was used to help forecast the weather.

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  • Participants also ward off evil during the festival by bathing in flower-scented water, wearing five-colour silk, hanging plants such as moxa and calamus over their doors, and pasting paper cut-outs in their windows.

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  • Batik is dyed by proud craftspeople who draw designs on fabric using dots and lines of hot wax, which resists vegetable and other dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water and repeating if multiple colours are desired.

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  • Remarkably, the processes that cause colour vary radically in, for example, flames, water, various crystal, plants, metals and rainbows.

    ECONOMIST: Science and history of colour

  • This substance (an iron-magnesium silicate whose greenish colour is reminiscent of olives) weathers rapidly in the presence of water.

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  • As well as black-and-white photographs there are some snippets of film and rare colour transparencies, rescued from the sinking Endurance by Hurley, who plunged into the icy water to grab the plate glass negatives.

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  • Not so China's poorer interior, where the dark colour of colas is associated with the dark tea traditionally used to mask the sediment in the local water.

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