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Easter Island Heads Have Bodies

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

http://www.eisp.org/3879/

The Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) is a private research program and archive created by Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Principle Investigator and EISP founder and director, with Cristián Arévalo Pakarati, Rapa Nui artist and co-director of EISP.  The profound and immediate need for conservation actions on the moai became apparent over the course of more than 20 years of subjective observation and field experience acquired by us during our island-wide archaeological survey, which was conducted in association with our Chilean and Rapa Nui colleagues.

The Easter Island Statue Project office is located at 225 Arizona Avenue, Studio 500, Santa Monica, CA, 90401. The EISP field office is located at the Mana Gallery, Petero Atamu s/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile.

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Murmuration

Friday, November 4th, 2011

This is incredible, the patterns, the movement.  What a gift to be able to experience it in person:

Murmuration

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A chance encounter and shared moment with one of natures greatest and most fleeting phenomena.

http://vimeo.com/31158841

Dolphins Offer Insight to Healing

Friday, August 19th, 2011

In his letter published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, [Michael] Zasloff recounts several documentations about how quick dolphins manage to heal the wounds caused by severe shark bites, adding that some of these wounds which are larger than a basketball are cured in weeks without causing notable pain or infection or leaving a significant scar.

“If I saw this in a human being, I wouldn’t believe it,” Zasloff added. “It should awe us. You have an animal that has evolved in the ocean without hands or legs, which swims faster than we can, has intelligence that perhaps equals our social and emotional complexity, and its healing is almost alien compared to what we are capable of.”

Read more at PressTV

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Phoenix Haboob

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Phoenix Dust Storm: Arizona Hit With Monstrous ‘Haboob’ (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

First Posted: 07/6/11 09:22 AM ET Updated: 07/6/11 05:25 PM ET

monstrous dust storm roared through Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday night, delaying flights and causing power outages for thousands of people.

The AP reports that the massive dust cloud, also known as a “haboob,” was around 5,000 feet when itarrived in Phoenix, but radar data reveals that it reached heights anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 feet high prior. The storm appeared to be around 50 miles wide in some areas, KSAZ-TV reported.

The dust storm originated in Tucson, and was a part of Arizona’s monsoon season.

According to CNN, the dust storm prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a ground stop on flights at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport for about an hour and 15 minutes. At its peak, the storm left 10,000 customers without power, Jenna Shaver of the Arizona Public Service told CNN.

to read more and see the video, go to:    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/06/phoenix-dust-storm-photos-video_n_891157.html

 

 

7 Wonders of the Ancient World

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Just for fun:

Image Album:

The Seven Ancient Wonders of The World

The Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt

The Great Pyramid at Giza, EgyptCredit: Photo Credit: DreamstimeThe Great Pyramid at Giza is both the oldest ancient wonder and the only one still standing today. It was built as a mausoleum for the pharaoh Khufu around 2650 BC and for over 4,000 years remained the world’s tallest structure.

to see them all, go to:   http://www.livescience.com/11304-ancient-wonders-world.html

Hawaiian Halo Video

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Missile ruled out as being culprit in Hawaiian halo video

Published on June 30, 2011 7:40 pm PT
– By Kevin Martin – Senior Meteorologist
– Article Editor and Approved – Warren Miller

(TheWeatherSpace.com) – A halo was seen over Hawaii that would coincide with a launch of a Minuteman III missile launch.

An article was released on TheWeatherSpace.com by Betty Johnson stating that a comment could not be made. However it has come to my attention to review the video for answers.

to read more, go to:    http://theweatherspace.com/news/TWS-06_30_2011_halovideo.html

to see the video and read another take on it, go to:   http://www.livescience.com/14854-mysterious-light-burst-hawaii.html

Poland’s Crooked Forest

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

June 28, 2011 — In a tiny corner of western Poland a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks – all bent northward. Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees this collection of curved trees, or “Crooked Forest,” is a mystery.
Planted around 1930, the trees managed to grow for seven to 10 years before getting held down, in what is understood to have been human mechanical intervention. Though why exactly the original tree farmers wanted so many crooked trees is unknown.

to read more, go to:   http://news.discovery.com/earth/polands-crooked-forest-mystery-110628.html

 

Odd Visitors in Waters off Seattle

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Odd visitors in local waters a deep mystery

The unusual visit last week of two long-beaked dolphins to waters outside Olympia was just the latest in a string of strange animal sightings in and around Pacific Northwest waters. Lots of creatures that at first glance might not seem to belong have found their way here in recent years.

By Craig Welch Seattle Times environment reporter

OCEAN SUNFISH Found locally: 1997 off Cape Flattery; Natural habitat: Warm and temperate waters

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OCEAN SUNFISH Found locally: 1997 off Cape Flattery; Natural habitat: Warm and temperate waters

There was the brown booby, the plunge-diving tropical seabird that inexplicably hopped aboard a crab boat this spring in Willapa Bay.

And fishermen have caught spear-snouted striped marlin off the Washington coast and a 6-foot leopard shark in Bellingham Bay. The shark, in particular, is hardly ever seen north of Coos Bay, Ore.

Even Bryde’s whales, which normally range from Chile to northern Mexico, have washed up dead on southern Puget Sound beaches. Twice. Just since early 2010.

The unusual visit last week of two long-beaked dolphins to waters outside Olympia was just the latest in a string of strange animal sightings in and around Pacific Northwest waters. Lots of creatures that at first glance might not seem to belong have found their way here in recent years.

The reasons are as diverse as the beings themselves. Green sea turtles that wind up stranded on Washington beaches often are presumed to have ridden warm-water currents up from California during El Niño years. Once they land in the cold Northwest, they grow too lethargic to make it home or swim at all.

to read more, go to:   http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015444562_creatures28m.html?prmid=obinsource

Mt. Ranier Rock Slides

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Huge rock avalanches rumble down Mount Rainier

Some of the biggest rock avalanches in years have been roaring off Mount Rainier the past several days, kicking up billowing clouds of dust and propelling rivers of muddy debris nearly two miles down the volcano’s flanks.

By Sandi Doughton

Seattle Times science reporter

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A large rock/snow slide is photographed on Mount Rainier, originating above the Nisqually Glacier and traveling nearly two miles.

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A large rock/snow slide is photographed on Mount Rainier, originating above the Nisqually Glacier and traveling nearly two miles.

Some of the biggest rock avalanches in years have been roaring off Mount Rainier the past several days, kicking up billowing clouds of dust and propelling rivers of muddy debris nearly two miles down the volcano’s flanks.

No one has been injured, but one group of climbers fled as dust descended on their tent after a rockfall Saturday afternoon.

“From my standpoint of looking at the mountain for 20 years, we’ve probably had rockfalls like this once every five or 10 years,” said Stefan Lofgren, lead climbing ranger for Mount Rainier National Park.

Since Friday, at least three major rockfalls and several smaller ones have sloughed off the rocky ridge called Nisqually Cleaver, at an elevation of about 12,800 feet. The one that let loose Saturday afternoon was the biggest.

to read more, go to:    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015453613_rainier29m.html

Ah, the Elusive Solar Eclipse

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

REMOTE SOLAR ECLIPSE: If the Moon covers the sun and no one is around to see it, did the eclipse actually happen? Philosophical riddles may be all we get on July 1st (0840 UT) when the Moon covers 9.7% of the solar disk. Receiving an actual picture of the partial eclipse is unlikely because of its very remote location:

“This Southern Hemisphere event is visible from a D-shaped region in the Antarctic Ocean south of Africa,” says eclipse expert Fred Espenak of the Goddard Space Flight Center. “Such a remote and isolated path means that it may very well turn out to be the solar eclipse that nobody sees.”

to read more, go to:    http://spaceweather.com/