Kub's Den
Elaine Kub Contributing Analyst
Wed Feb 18, 2015 08:36 AM CST

"Remember, man, you are dust and to dust you shall return." This exhortation from the third chapter of the bible will be intoned by Catholic priests this Ash Wednesday each time they smudge ashes on their parishioners' foreheads. It's meant to be a humbling reminder of mortality and a call to "return" to God during the season of Lent.

Physically, the progression of molecules and minerals changing from dust to flesh back to dust again may be either a quick transformation by fire or a slow process. Farmland "dust," similarly, may lose value in a fiery collapse or just gradually ...

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