Travel to Great Mirror: Photo 8
The handsome color comes from sarooj, a near-forgotten Omani building material. Oasis soil is formed into bricks, which are stacked, covered in earth, baked for a week with palm logs for fuel, then crumbled into a powdery cement. Unlike portland cement, sarooj doesn't crack, and it's color--so long as the material is local--blends with its surroundings.
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