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Erection of adobe house: Watch these exerpts from amazing movie about ecovillage of Kins' domain in Russia:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JByrc98ExY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH7qLIVvsIc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJjd4Nx_NqA
 
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It says "adobe" but isn't it actually cob?

 
                    
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No, it is adobe.
A mix of straw, clay and sand.
 
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Well I don't know the difference.  using google to "define: adobe" and "define: cob" come up with the same ingredients, basically.  And wikipedia just about equates them: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cob_(material)

Perhaps it's the "type" of clay?  The wiki article also mentions earth in there.  When my imagination conjures up pictures of each, I always picture adobe as lighter in color, kind of a tan, and cob as brown...  but that's me!
 
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That's cob construction.  Adobe and cob are made with the same materials.  The difference is the construction method.  Adobe is made using sun-dried bricks of clay with straw added (and some sand if necessary).  Cob is monolithic construction, using globs or 'cobs' of wet clay/straw/sand mix to build the structure in sand-castle fashion.  Adobe bricks have to be mortared into place; cob is joined by poking a stick through each glob into the ones below it, or your fingers if you are really tough!

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Perhaps you are right, Kathleen.
The original Russian word for this material is - "saman"
It may be formed in bricks or used as filler, layer by layer, like it is shown in the movie. It's been used for construction puposes for centures.
 
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