Brownstone is a red to brown variety of sandstone, whose unusual color is caused in some instances by the presence of red iron oxide which acts as a cement, binding the sand grains together. During the Triassic period, vast thicknesses of brownstone were deposited in the Connecticut River Valley of the northeast, and they were used to build the many brownstone houses and buildings in the area between Baltimore and Boston. Is sandstone a durable building material?
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Ned Kelley is Australia's most famous bushranger and, to many, a folk hero for his defiance of the colonial authorities. From the age of fourteen, Ned began committing a series of minor crimes that escalated into more serious crimes and eventually led to his execution. Many believe, however, that Ned's family was unfairly targeted by police because of Ned's mother's bad family name. In its last stand, the Kelley gang utilized "body armor" made out of what?
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Henry VIII, the 2nd monarch of the Tudor dynasty, was King of England and Lord of Ireland from 1509 until his death in 1547. He was and is famous for having been married 6 times and for wielding the most untrammeled power of any British monarch. Notable events during his reign include the break with Rome and subsequent establishment of the independent Church of England, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the union of England and Wales. Can you name Henry's wives?