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300 ft Wall in Bolivia has over 5000 Dinosaur Footprints

Cal Orko is situated entirely within a limestone quarry owned by FANCESA, Bolivia’s National Cement Factory. Located in the ‘El Molino’ formation, the sight of heavy mining machinery (one could argue they are today’s ‘land giants’) set against a backdrop of 68 million-year-old dinosaur footprints (Earth’s prehistoric ‘land giants’) creates an intriguing parallel.

Further up the hill is Parque Cretácico. Opened in 2006, the dinosaur museum features 24 life-sized dinosaur replicas, various exhibitions, and a viewing platform 150 meters (~500 ft) from the rock face. It’s from this vantage point that you truly grasp the sheer scale and magnitude of Cal Orko.

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New Zealand Town Powers Down for Astrophotography

While city dwellers look up at the night sky and are left staring at a nearly blank atmosphere, occasionally featuring the moving lights of a distant airplane flying by, the Earth and Sky Mt. John Observatory in New Zealand gives stargazers some truly spectacular views of celestial bodies. Located at 1,029 meters above sea level, the observatory is one of four International Dark Sky Reserves in the world whose neighboring town of Lake Tekapo powers down in order to offer an unfiltered view of the night sky.

Due to the masking power of street lamps and other artificial lights, most places don’t get the chance to exhibit the active astronomical views that resident astrophotographers Maki Yanagimachi and Dallas Poll have experienced at this unique location. Visitors are welcome to take in the breathtaking view through Earth & Sky‘s Day and Night Tours, which can be booked directly through their website.

 









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Watch the World’s Seasonal “Heartbeat” from Outer Space

Each year we experience our normal seasons of hot and cold. Winter brings snow to many of us, and in summer, often blazing hot temperatures and beach days. John Nelson has given us a new vision of this familiar cycle in the form of a simple GIF… but the result is mesmerizing for its profound demonstration of these cycles upon our lives and the world processes it clearly illustrates.

Nelson, who is more often associated with extremely complex visualizations of weather patterns, used cloudless imagery from the NASA Visible Earth team. He took their flat graphics showing each month of the year and wrapped them around a spherical globe. Then he added some effects like coloration, atmospheric haze, and month information… and that’s about it.

What we see as a result, is seriously hypnotizing. The Earth’s seasonal heartbeat on display as never before. The northern hemisphere’s massive snowpack as it rolls into winter and the vegetation of the world drying and greening as the seasons pass.

Nelson calls his animation The Breathing Earth, and it’s a very apt title. Each year as these cycles progress the CO2 levels of the Earth similarly go up and down. This is because the Earth’s vegetation is not equally influenced by winter and summer cycles happening simultaneously in the northern and southern hemispheres. As a result, the north’s vegetation filters far more CO2 and produces far more oxygen in the summer, and during the long, snowy winter this is significantly less. In contrast, the southern hemisphere has little snow, many thick jungles, and provides much of the world’s valuable air filtration. This can be clearly seen on CO2 level graphs.

via: Visual News

Spectacular Landscapes

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Earth is a spectacularly beautiful, diverse place: filled to the brim with millions of species of plants and animals, mindblowing features that seem to defy the laws of nature and a numerous number of unique locations. Unfortunately, only a small number of individuals have the means and opportunity to visit all of these places.

Different geographical locations, climatic conditions and even seasons offer the widest variety of natural wonders. No wonder that traveling in one of the best forms of recreation – even looking at these pictures takes your mind to far away places…

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Volcanic Eruptions as Seen from Space

In the gallery below we look at a selection of Earth’s volcanoes from above. These stunning images were captured from various satellites as well as crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The views from space offer a unique perspective of one of nature’s most awesome and terrifying events.

1. Sarychev Volcano, Russia

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Photograph by NASA

2. Kliuchevskoi Volcano, Russia

kliuchevskoi volcano kamchatika russia from space aerial nasa

3. Pavlof Volcano, Alaska

Alaska Pavlof Volcano from space aerial nasa

4. Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea

Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea from space aerial nasa

5. Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcano, Chile

Puyehue-Cordon Caulle Volcano chile from space aerial nasa

6. Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, Iceland

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, Iceland from space aerial nasa

7. Nyiragongo Volcano, DR Congo

Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo east africa volcano from space aerial nasa

8. Shinmoe-dake Volcano, Japan

Shinmoe-dake Volcano Erupts on Kyushu from space aerial nasa

9. Merapi Volcano, Indonesia

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10. Api Volcano, Indonesia

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Explosion in Number of Potentially Habitable Worlds

An artists conception of an Exoplanet.

An artist’s conception of an exoplanet orbiting a star 30 light-years away from Earth.

 

The number of potentially habitable worlds circling red dwarf stars—the most abundant type of star in our Milky Waygalaxy—may have just doubled to 60 billion, a new study suggests.

Using global climate models originally created for studying global warming on Earth, a team of researchers from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University created 3-D models of how large-scale cloud patterns affect atmospheric temperatures on Earth-size planets orbiting stars smaller and cooler than our sun. (See also: “‘Shocking’ Superstorm Seen on Exoplanet—A First.”)

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via: National Geographic