The Challenge: Make Sunblock
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Did the sunblock work?
On the island, we made a sunblock from kaolin (a fine soft white clay) and coconut
oil and also a sunscreen from lime juice. Both proved successful,
although we donít recommend testing these products in the midday sun!
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Summer Blockbuster: Making Sense of the Little Screen on the
ABC News site
on the Science Q&A section of The New York Times site
Sizzling Summer Without the Burn on the Chem Ecology Education
Own Cosmetics: Neal's Yard Remedies, Aurum Press 1997; ISBN:
General information about tropical plants and their uses:
Forests and Their Crops by Nigel J.H. Smith, J.T. Williams,
Donald L. Plucknett and Jennifer P. Talbot, pub Cornell University
Press 1992; ISBN: 0801427711(Discusses general groupings of useful
Botany for Gardeners: An Introduction and Guide by Brian
Capon, B.T. Batsford 1992; ISBN: 0713472529 (A good general text
on how plants function)
A Field Guide to the Families and Genera of Woody Plants of Northwest
South America: (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru): With Supplementary Notes)
by Alwyn H. Gentry and Adrian B. Forsyth, University of Chicago
Press1996; ISBN: 0226289443 (An excellent resource on learning to
identify tropical plants in the field/forest)
Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs,
and Cosmetics by Albert Y. Leung and Steven Foster. 1995 John
Wiley & Sons Inc; ISBN: 0471508268
Fruits and Vegetables of the Caribbean by M.J.Bourne, G.W.
Lennox, and S.A. Seddon, Caribbean Publishing 1988, ISBN: 0333453115
the Caribbean by S.A. Seddon, Caribbean Publishing 1980 ; ISBN:
the Islands: Plants and Animals of the Eastern Caribbean by
Virginia Barlow, Cruising Guide Publications 1993; ISBN: 0944428134
This book has all the plants we used, plus information about the
ecology of the area.
A couple of
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by
Lynn Cherry, pub 2000 Voyager Books; ISBN: 0152026142
El Gran Capoquero: UN Cuento De LA Selva Amazonica by Lynn
Cherry, translated by Alma Ada, 1994 Harcourt; ISBN: 0152323201
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