Zhangye Danxia - Geology From a Storybook
Long ago, colorful sediments were deposited in western China, layer after layer, century after century. If you were there at the time, you would have seen unremarkable ground, a single hue of dirt no different from a thousand other places on Earth.
But after thousands and thousands of years subject to the forces of pressure and tectonic movement, the total of those layers has been pushed upward, letting us peek at a rainbow-hued slice of Earth’s past perhaps unmatched on this planet. The planet looks more like the cross-section of a jawbreaker candy than layers of rock in these photos, near Zhangye, China.
The Zhangye formation, not to be confused with this danxia, a UNESCO heritage site, reminds us how our crust is heaved and hurled throughout the ages, a slow evolution that will continue into the distant future. It’s yet another story of Earth’s past, written in stone, but perhaps with the same pen as a fantasy storybook.
A few of the women fiercely defending ecosystems the world over.
There are some really, really amazing women on this list.
What can I say, Rhinos have had it pretty bad for the past three years. this year looks pretty bad too, we only in march and already there have been 135 killed. Really pisses me off i want to go to Africa and hunt down the poachers, I’ll be patient. And for those who need a piece of horn which is the equivalent of nails and hair, well I have to middle fingers with nails, they can come and get it.
This is Part one, will try to put out the other ones as soon as i can draw the rest of the rhinos, and go through all the data to create more graphics….
I wish I could say enjoy, there’s nothing to enjoy here.
Yes, unfortunately the tally is up to 135 so far this year in South Africa.
The government’s environment department said in a statement Monday it is encouraged that arrests and convictions for rhino poaching appear to be increasing in 2012. There were 89 arrests in the first eleven weeks of this year.
The department says the worst hit area was the eastern Kruger wildlife park where 75 rhinos were killed for their horn since Jan 1.
That first shot is mind-blowing.
Coffee cup concept eliminates plastic lid
A Cambridge, Mass.-based architect devotes two years of his life to develop Compleat, a disposable coffee cup that doesn’t require a plastic lid. Seasoned takeaway coffee drinkers, what do you think?
I’m studying for a final in biological oceanography right now, and I came across this fantastic shot of the world’s largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef. Amazing.
Caribbean Reef Sharks - New Providence, Bahamas by James R.D. Scott
Dugongs are large (8-10 feet) herbivorous mammals with an average lifespan of about 70 years. These enormous vegetarians can be found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia, including the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and Pacific.
Dugongs are related to manatees and are similar in appearance and behavior— though the dugong’s tail is fluked like a whale’s. Both are related to the elephant, although the giant land animal is not at all similar in appearance or behavior.
Kermode Bear (Spirit Bear) - In a moss-draped rain forest in British Columbia, towering red cedars live a thousand years, and black bears are born with white fur. Photographs by Paul Nicklen.
Climate change episode of Frozen Planet won't be shown in the U.S. as viewers don't believe in global warming
An episode of the BBC’s Frozen Planet documentary series that looks at climate change has been scrapped in the U.S., where many are hostile to the idea of global warming.
British viewers will see all seven episodes of the multi-million-pound nature series throughout the Autumn.
But U.S. audiences will not be shown the last episode, which looks at the threat posed by man to the natural world.
It is feared a show that preaches global warming could upset viewers in the U.S., where around half of people do not believe in climate change.
Strange… according to a recent Stanford University/Reuters/Ipsos poll, approximately 83% of Americans believe that climate change and global warming are happening right now. 71% of these people believe that global warming is at least in part the fault of human civilization. Only 15% of adults surveyed believe that global warming is not currently occurring. These skeptics are yet only 53% certain of their belief.
The fact that this program is supposedly not being shown because it will be too “controversial” for American audiences smells fishy to me.
Blue Sea Slug or Glaucus atlanticus with its close relative Glaucilla marginata.
WARNING: this short film is about poaching, which means it will feature graphic imagery and animal abuse.
On Borrowed Time, a documentary highlighting the poaching crisis in the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex produced by WWF-Malaysia and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, has won the top prize at Malaysia’s Eco Film Festival.
Filmed by the award-winning documentary maker Novista, the story depicts the tremendous threats faced by the wildlife in northern Peninsular Malaysia and was named Best Local Film, 2011.
Read more about it here.