The Taj Mahal was a highly involved school project from the last year. Susmita got totally into it with the sugar cube building method. She built a fairly large (2×2 ft) replica of the most famous romantic mausoleum on the planet. I forget how many boxes of sugar cubes went into this construction, perhaps 2 kg. Card stock, plastic cups, foam balls, Christmas light decorations—it all turned out fabulous!

Then the Taj Mahal, as happens with many projects after presentation, sat on the work bench in the garage for the next six months. It was still beautiful, too nice to toss it out. What to do? We couldn’t keep it. So we found a creative way of deconstruction. We put the Taj Mahal in “acid rain” (symbolically, because our drinking water in Arizona seems to be fairly pH neutral). How long would a sugar Taj Mahal hold up in the sprinkler?

We recorded the experiment for you. Enjoy the show!

We made a creative experiment, but the erosion of the Taj Mahal is for real. See this Taj Mahal Case Study from India.

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