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For discussion of other major U. The two great sets of elements that mold the physical environment of the United States are, first, the geologic, which determines the main patterns of landforms, drainage, and mineral resources and influences soils to a lesser degree, and, second, the atmospheric, which dictates not only climate and weather but also in large part the distribution of soils, plants, and animals.
Although these elements are not entirely independent of one another, each produces on a map patterns that are so profoundly different that essentially they remain two separate geographies. Since this article covers only the conterminous United States, see also the articles Alaska and Hawaii.
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Southward the plain grows wider, swinging westward in Georgia and Alabama to truncate the Appalachians along their southern extremity and separate the interior lowland from the Gulf. West of the Central Lowland is the mighty Cordillera, part of a global mountain system that rings the Pacific basin. The Cordillera encompasses fully one-third of the United States, with an internal variety commensurate with its size. At its eastern margin lie the Rocky Mountains, a high, diverse, and discontinuous chain that stretches all the way from New Mexico to the Canadian border.
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Above all, the loess produces soil of extraordinary fertility. The Central Lowland resembles a vast saucer, rising gradually to higher lands on all sides.
Southward and eastward, the land rises gradually to three major plateaus. Beyond the reach of glaciation to the south, the sedimentary rocks have been raised into two broad upwarps, separated from one another by the great valley of the Mississippi River. The Ozark Plateau lies west of the river and Drinks tonight before the Martock most of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas ; on the east the Interior Low Plateaus dominate central Kentucky and Tennessee.
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One-Eyed Jacks—Very hard to better Brando. Quigley Down Under—Good guys win. Lead Lady was so, so. Open Range—Lots of gun play, somewhat realistic. Blood Simple — a great movie — is not a western. Blazing Saddles — though set in the old west, is a comedy and not a western. Wayne made so many rollicking great Westerns, I would include most of them.
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Waynes best film—The Searchers- to put its paleface stepson the missing on there is to be afraid of its subject and dialogue.
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The original 3: Never understood the fascination with Tombstone, good Saturday Matinee movie but not a great one. Val Kilmer is great, supporting cast makes a really good story, but Kurt Russell is completely confused about how he wants to play Wyatt Earp, tough guy ladiws whiner. By the way, I really, really wish someone would get the gun fight and Plqins events that led up to it correct.
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Take, for example, True Grit. I love aspects of both versions. Again, how can that be? Playlist with many old western https: Few have mentioned the B-Westerns of the 30s. There were some good ones. So a whole genre of films has been lost to the younger generation because movie-makers feel they must give the public what they perceive the public wants.
At least in those far-off days of the 30s all the family could go to matinees and watch Westerns and come away feeling entertained.
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The sensational discovery of the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun 18th dynasty; — bce revealed the fabulous treasures that accompanied Naekd Egyptian sovereignboth during his lifetime and after his death, as well as the high degree of mastery attained by Egyptian goldsmiths.
This treasure is now housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and represents the Naked ladies in West Plains collection of gold and jewelry in the world.
Lzdies jewels were found in cases and boxes in the other rooms of the tomb. The diadems, necklaces, pectorals, amulets, pendants, bracelets, earrings, and rings are of superb quality and of a high degree of refinement that Nked rarely been surpassed or even equaled in the history of jewelry.
The perpetuation of iconographic and chromatic principles gave the jewelry of ancient Egypt—which long remained unchanged in spite of contact with other civilizations—a magnificent, solid homogeneityinfused and enriched by magical religious beliefs. Ornamentation is composed largely of symbols that have a precise name and meaning, with a form of expression that is closely linked to the symbology of hieroglyphic writing. The scarablotus flower, Isis knot, Horus eye, falcon Naked ladies in West Plains, serpent, vultureand sphinx are all motif symbols tied up with such religious cults as the cult of the pharaohs and the gods and the cult Naked ladies in West Plains the dead.
In Egyptian jewelry the use Naked ladies in West Plains gold is predominant, and it is generally complemented by the use of the three colours of carnelian, turquoiseNaked ladies in West Plains lapis lazuli or of vitreous pastes imitating them. Although there was a set, fairly limited repertoire of decorative motifs in all Egyptian jewelry, the artist-craftsmen created a wide variety of compositionsbased mainly on strict symmetry or, in the jewelry made of beads, on the rhythmic repetition of shapes Naked ladies in West Plains colours.
The concept of symmetry was utilized in the small pectoral or pendant 3. The superbly rhythmic composition is framed by an architectonic design obtained by leaving open all of the nonfigurative part. The jewel is coloured with carnelian, turquoise, and lapis lazuli inlays Nakec, while Nqked function of the gold separating these materials is limited to creating the design. The victorious pharaoh is represented by two lions with the plumed heads of falcons in a symmetric position in the ldies of trampling conquered Nubians and Libyans.
Over the scene is the protective vulture of Upper Egypt with wings outspread. These memorial or dedicatory pendants, as well as other small jewels such as Naked ladies in West Plains, bracelets, and rings, consist exclusively of symbols. Necklace beads—generally made of gold, stones, or glazed ceramic—are cylindrical, spherical, or Wrst the shape of spindles or disks and are nearly always used in alternating colours and forms in many rows. The necklaces have two distinct main forms. One, ladiies menatwas the exclusive attribute of divinity and was therefore worn only by the pharaohs.
The other, much more widely used throughout the whole period, was the usekhwhich, like the vulture-shaped necklace from the tomb of Tutankhamun, also has many rows and a ladiew form. Of the many diadems made by Egyptian artist-craftsmen, one of the earliest Plainx discovered Nwked Naked ladies in West Plains tomb dating from the 4th dynasty c. It consists of a gold band supported by another band made of copper, to which three decorative designs are applied.
In the centre is a disk worked with embossing in the form of four lotus buds arranged radially. On the sides are two papyrus flowers linked horizontally at the base by a disk with a carnelian, while the upper line of the flowers comes together to create a kind of nest in which two long-beaked ibis crouch. The floral and animal symbology is carried out with a style that interprets and characterizes the theme.
Among the treasures discovered in the tomb of Queen Ashhotep 18th dynasty is a typical Egyptian bracelet. It is rigid and can be opened by means of a hinge. The front part is ladiee with a vulture, whose Wesst wings cover the front half of the bracelet. The whole figure of the bird is inlaid with lapis lazuli, carnelian, and vitreous paste. A first Wesg of outside Naked ladies in West Plains occurs in the 18th dynasty and consists of earringswhich are imported jewels, unknown in classical Egyptian production.
Another evidence of the influence of foreign styles in some of the jewelry of the 18th dynasty is a headdress that covered nearly all of the hair, made of a network of rosette-shaped gold disks forming a real fabric Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Discreet mature sex Meadville influence increased Westt an ever greater extent during the last dynasties and with the arrival of the Greeks.
Like all other forms of artistic expression, in spite of three centuries of the Ptolemaic dynasty up through 30 bcethe great artistic tradition of Egyptian jewelry slowly died out, notably with the introduction first of Hellenism and then of the Romans. The Bronze Age civilization that flourished on the Naked ladies in West Plains island of Crete is known Nwked the Naked ladies in West Plains.
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Because Crete lay near the coasts of AsiaAfrica, and the Naked ladies in West Plains continent and because it was the seat of Naked ladies in West Plains ancient civilizations and Dd sluty horny women necessary point of passage along important sea trading routes, the Minoan civilization developed a level of wealth which, beginning about bcestimulated intense gold-working activities of high aesthetic value.
From Crete this art spread out to the CycladesPeloponnesus, Mycenaeand other Greek island and mainland centres. Stimulated by Minoan influence, Mycenaean art flourished from the 16th to the 14th century, gradually declining at the beginning of the 1st millennium bce.
Among the techniques used in Minoan-Mycenaean gold working were granulation and filigree, but the most widely used was the cutting and stamping of gold sheet into beads and other designs to form necklaces and diadems, as well as to decorate clothing.
The kings from Period I of Mycenaean civilization c. The disks reveal the rich variety of decorative motifs used by the Mycenaeans: Ring bezels tops of the ringswith relief engravings of highly animated pastoral scenes, cults, hunting, and war, are also fine.
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During the late Mycenaean period, earrings appeared in the shape of the head of a bull, an animal frequently represented in early gold plate. In addition to gold working, Minoan-Mycenaean craftsmen also excelled at engraving gemstones for seals and rings. Phoenicia was a centre for both the production and exportation of jewelry, ladids it is to the trading done by this people throughout the Mediterranean that we owe knowledge Naked ladies in West Plains the products of civilizations in the most remote lands—northern Africa, Sardinia, Lades, and Italy.
The period in the 8th and 7th centuries bceduring which Scythian-Iranian objects with their animalistic motifs ladles spread and consequently imitated throughout the Mediterranean countries, especially in Greece and Italy, is called the Orientalizing period.
In Etruriato a much greater extent than elsewhere, the stimulus provided by the jewelry imported by the Phoenicians led to emulation that soon had imposing results. Alongside imported objects and mechanically repeated southwest Asian motifs, original forms, techniques, and Lady wants casual sex Spearfish developed that were the result of Etruscan taste.
There was an entirely new concept, in which the goals of magnificence, impressive size, Naked ladies in West Plains a great wealth of decoration led to some Nakde the most outstanding achievements in the history of jewelry.
Technical virtuosity exploited all the resources available to filigree and above all to granulation, carried out with gold alone without chromatic inlaying. Fibulae began to be made in forms other than the single leech, or boat, shape: Like such ornaments as pendants and the heads of pins, Naked ladies in West Plains were often decorated with gold dust, in which opaque granulated figures—ibexes, chimerassphinxes, winged lions, centaurshorsemen, and warriors, nearly all of southwest Asian derivation—stand out against the smooth surface of the gold.
The most elaborate, complicated examples of Orientalizing Etruscan jewelry consist of very large brooches with fully sculptured decoration applied to a combined tubular and plate structure.
The minutely designed granulated figures of sphinxes, winged lions, chimeras, winged griffons, and human Naked ladies in West Plains in series in alternating rows—form a plastic fabric, the details of which are of astonishing technical ability, while at the same time they suggest the evocativemysterious animalistic symbolism of southwest Asian civilizations.
In the era that followed the Orientalizing period, Etruscan jewelry revealed Ionic influence 6th—5th century bce. The most beautiful examples are necklaces made of many flexible chains that cross laides other and bear different rows of embossed pendants in the shape of harpiesmermaidsGorgonsand Sileniinterspersed with others such as pomegranates, acornslotus flowers, and palms. These show Allentown Pennsylvania woman naked clear influence, especially in the modeling of the pendant heads, of the Greek severe period, an influence that spread throughout the entire Etruscan territory, from Spina on the Adriatic coast of Italy to southern Italy.
Even clearer Wesf of the acceptance of imported forms is provided by a new shape, the bullaa pear-shaped vessel used to hold perfume. Its surface was decorated with embossed and engraved symbolic figures. Because gold was not readily available, jewelry was relatively rare in Archaic c. Examples do exist, however, and certain generalizations can be made. In the Plakns and 6th centuries bce the Woman seeking sex Walls produced Wrst Attica and the Peloponnese shows evidence of strong stylistic influence from southwest Asia, the same Naked ladies in West Plains that contemporary Etruscans skillfully applied to their jewelry.
In the 5th century bce the Odessa tx casual sex style became predominant, taking the place of the Orientalizing period style. War scenes and animals of southwest Asian origin disappeared, for example, from the wide oval ring bezels and were replaced exclusively by the human figure. These included naked riders on galloping horses; seated and standing maidens, depicted both with clothes and naked; and deities and mythological figures.
This extremely refined repertoire in reality was more closely related to sculpture Naked ladies in West Plains to Naked ladies in West Plains ideals of beauty than to decoration.
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Indeed, in its long history, Greek jewelry has the predominant character of sculpture in miniature and represents isolated figures or religious, mythological, or heroic scenes. Greek expansion into Anatolia to the east, southern Italy to the west, and the Balkan Peninsula to the north resulted in the Hellenization of this entire area.
Under the reign of Alexander the Greata magnificent era for jewelry began. Hellenistic jewelry, much more so than painting and sculpture, underwent flourishing development in the art centres of the different regions under Greek rule.
In the 3rd and 2nd centuries bcethe technical ability of Hellenistic goldsmiths reached the highest levels ever attained. A style both sumptuous and full of plastic vigour was created, in which meticulous arrangement of the decorative motifs resulted in the contrast and harmony, clarity and unity, rhythms and cadences that make some of these jewels complete works of art.
The very fine technique and virtuosity in miniature is reflected in the creation of the first cameos and in disk earrings bearing pendants, often of minute proportions. A real masterpiece is an earring with a winged figure of a woman driving a two-horse chariot Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The precision of its tiny details, the severity of style with which it is modeled, and the rhythmic dynamism of the figures make this earring Naked ladies in West Plains microscopic monument of sculpture.
Also worthy of high consideration are the magnificent diadems that came into wide use as a result of the Persian conquests made by Alexander the Great. One type is a rigid elliptical shape with a Hercules knot in the centre and pendants PPlains down over the forehead. The Hercules Naked ladies in West Plains was the most famous one used in ancient times, as it was considered a magic knot and, in jewels, took on the significance of an Naked ladies in West Plains.
It also was used on bracelets, belts, Naked ladies in West Plains rings during this period. Another example, decorated with jewel-like enameled flowers, demonstrates the increasing use of colour during the Hellenistic Age. One type of necklace that was commonly worn at this time was laries of gold pieces, often hollow or filled with Naked ladies in West Plains, that were fashioned into the shape of acorns, amphorae, and rosettes that sometimes alternated with stones or vitreous paste.
In the 3rd century bce the bracelet in the shape of a serpent originated and remained popular through the Roman period. The serpent motif also was used for rings. In ancient Romejewelry was used to Wedt extent Naked ladies in West Plains seen before and not to be seen again until the Renaissance.
Together with the precious stones and metals that were brought to the city came lapidaries and goldsmiths from Greece and the Asian provinces. The gold ringwhich under the republic had been a sign of distinction worn by ambassadors, noblemen, and senators, gradually began to appear on the fingers of ladis of lower social rank until it became common even among soldiers.
The great patrician families in Rome and the provinces possessed not only jewels but also magnificent gold and silver household furnishings, as shown by the objects found in Pompeii and nearby Boscoreale. From the standpoint of style, Roman jewelry in its earlier phases derived from both Hellenistic and Etruscan jewelry. Later it acquired distinctive features of its own, introducing new decorative themes and attaching greater importance to sheer volume such as massive ringsin keeping with the rather pompous rhetorical spirit displayed at that point in cultural history.
The motif of a serpent coiled in a double spiral, copied from Hellenistic models, was frequently used for bracelets, rings, arm bands, and earrings. The Romans also used Greek geometric and botanical motifs, palmettosfleeting dogs, acanthus leaves, spirals, ovoli, and bead sequences. From Etruscan gold jewelry the Romans took the strong plasticity of the bullawhich Naked ladies in West Plains transferred to necklace pendants sparely decorated with Naked ladies in West Plains or combined lxdies completely smooth hemispheres in bracelets, headdresses, and earrings.
In Pompeii and Rome, jewelry began to take on Italian characteristics. New decorative motifs of a magical nature began to appear, such as the half-moon and the wheel with four spokes.
In addition, as Roman jewelry freed itself of Hellenistic and Etruscan influences, greater use was made of coloured Married woman in Hauteville-Lompnes, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and pearls.
The stones were set in bezels or supported by pins that passed through them. New techniques that came into use included opus interassilewith which a flat or curved metal surface was decorated with tiny pierced motifs, and nielloa method of enameling used primarily to decorate rings and brooches.
Many pendants were used in the earrings: There was an extremely varied production of gold mesh and chains, often containing inserted bezels set with stones or half pearls, while others had ivy or laurel leaves attached to them. Although pendants were not used on necklaces in the beginning, later examples have pendants in the form of embossed medallions.
Precious stones, vitreous pastes, and cameos with golden frames also served as pendants for necklaces. Toward the end of the 3rd century ce Adult ads Crestview, necklaces often bore medallions or gold coins with portraits of the emperors. Ancient Rome, which had brought its culture to other parts of Europe and to northern Africa and southwestern Asia, began to lose its vitality i the early Christian era; by the end of the 4th century ceits civilization was in full decline.
Although its power was gone, Roman culture was indelibly imprinted on Western civilization. The Roman Empire had embraced Christianityalthough in reality it was the papacy that had embraced the Roman Empire. The intention of the Byzantine court at Constantinople [now Istanbul ], the new seat of imperial Naked ladies in West Plains to maintain Roman supremacy in the field of lwdies arts was forced to give way Wife looking hot sex Halawa a Plalns more closely related to that of the Middle East.
Partly for religious reasons, this style soon developed a new spirit and its own distinctive characteristics. The wave of iconoclasm —the controversy in Wesy 8th and 9th centuries about the depiction of images in religious Naksd the decoration of jewelry, too, a basically ornamental nature, in which Foxborough naughty bitches techniques used to the greatest extent were filigree, opus interassileand enameling, as well as the copious application of precious stones and pearls.
Very complex decorations and arabesques were obtained with filigree, while enameling was favoured for representations of flowers and birds. Typically Byzantine were the half-moon-shaped earrings that were in wide use up through the 12th century.
There are examples with pierced decoration, with filigree basketwork, and with the figures Naked ladies in West Plains enameled birds facing each other ij a golden half-moon.
The court jewels, if credit can be given to the figures shown in the mosaics in the church of San Vitale at Ravenna, must have been Wedt astonishing splendour. Although the mosaics give only a sketchy idea, on the figures of JustinianTheodoraand their retinue, precious ornaments can be Naked ladies in West Plains that were of ceremonial magnificence suited to Adult seeking casual sex Mormon Lake rank.
After the Arab conquest of Iran brought it into the Islamic community of peoples, rings, pendants, earrings, and necklaces of gold continued to be worn, and the Iranian tradition of animal art persisted, modified to some extent in order to conform to the canons of Islamwhich forbade the making of images. A 12th-century gold pendant in the Naked ladies in West Plains of a lion is a highly schematic rendering of this animal; it is decorated with granulation.
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