Friday, December 23, 2011

African Rubber



One of the traditional products of Africa is Rubber. Raw rubber is collected from trees. The picture above shows a market where rubber is traded. I don't understand exactly what form the rubber is in in the picture. Perhaps someone can comment on this process.

24 comments:

  1. Actually it is called latex, and all plants do produce latex. But it is the rubber tree plant (remember that ant) that produces the sap (latex) that is used in making rubber. And right now the demand is up for it because China & India is using a lot of it.

    A 5 letter veri today

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  2. Another 5 letter verifi.
    Can't waste it.

    30 above and no snow

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  3. What gives, how come nobody is posting comments???

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  4. Do they still harvest latex from plantations in the vicinity of Kitale?

    Are you planning a big photo exhibition from your trip to Kenya?

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  5. Having a little trouble behind the wheel huh?

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  6. You know Rebecca2, if nobody but you and me comment, we will be lucky if there isn't a boycott and we don't get anymore photos at all.
    It only take a few seconds to put in a comment, but it take a fair amount of time to enter a blog. And I would guess that he is using his laptop (which is a lot harder yet)to do his blogs.

    Come on folks, make an comment, even if it is just telling us what your temps are in your area.

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  7. crazygravy, you need to explain your comment.

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  8. DADD, crazygravey is referring to Elizabeth blog, it show PJM driving the land rover

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  9. I am out here!! DADD where are you that you have 30 above and no snow. This must not be normal for your area. I live in Illinois and it is warmer than usual and rainy this week. Bo I do hate to see what is coming when we have this kind of weather early.
    Love the African pictures and hope to wee more. Merry Christmas to all of you!!! lam :)

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  10. please explain "A 5 letter veri today"

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  11. When you go to publish your comment, you have to enter the verification word to prove to the site that you are a real person and not a 'bot, and thus get to leave your comment. DADD and I are always looking for the 5 letter ones cause they are easier to do. This time I have a 6 letter one which is not too bad, but a 5 letter one is best, but there seem to be more 8 letter ones than anything else. It is about 50 degrees and sunny here in CA. No white Christmas for us :(

    Rats, I screwed up the 6 letter word and got an 8 for punishment. This may never get published

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  12. I have a rubber tree plant inside my house in Zone 8. Scientific name is Ficus Elastica ... I made 2 more plants from this one by air-layering.

    Now what do I do with it.

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  13. Mine is 7 and it spells obly sac.

    OK do I hear nine?

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  14. I'm in Southern California! Cold morning (45 degrees), but tomorrow should be in the 70's!

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  15. We have already recieved our Christmas gift in the Texas hill country...3.5 inches total rain. I have heard reports that the water was dripping over the dam in town. The rivers and creeks have been bone dry.

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  16. Seven to eight inches of snow last night. Interstate closed both south and north so I'm snowed in (and my satellite service is having hiccups)

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  17. 50° Fahrenheit in the center of the Netherlands! Drizzle rain, no snow.

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  18. Ths is DADD and I live in North Dakota 75 miles South of the Canadian Border right next to Minnesota.

    My verification word is
    vapatica which is 8 letters. I don't think that they go beyond 8, if they do I can't remember it happing,

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  19. 60 in Maryland again.
    I know virtually nothing about rubber production.

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  20. some people have no life ,,,, and i have 5 letters by the way.

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  21. There;s a video on EAM's kenyanurse.com site showing PJM getting a driving lesson in Africa:

    http://www.kenyanurse.com/2011/12/23/driving-lessons/

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  22. They are predicting more rain tonight. I live about forty-eight miles NW of San Antonio, in the little town of Bandera. We need that rain so much.

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  23. 18 degress here in Montreal and everything is white. Had to shovel today to do last minute shopping. I hope you are enjoying your time in Kenya and please don't have another boycott, I am just getting over the last one. Have a great Christmas.

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  24. I am thinking the bundles are field coagulant after the acid has been added to make solid sheets which are tightly wound to form a bundle. The sheets appear darker due to oxidation.

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