The last view from my hike out of grand staircase escalante national monument
Scientists today (09/11/14) unveiled what appears to be the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. New fossils of the massive Cretaceous-era predator reveal it adapted to life in the water some 95 million years ago. The new Spinosaurus fossils were discovered in the Moroccan Sahara along desert cliffs known as the Kem Kem beds. This area was once a large river system, stretching from present-day Morocco to Egypt.
cats in space.
I can now quit the internet, I’ve seen the best it has to offer.
Just got back from being in England for two weeks, my cat has just been staring at me and purring since I got home.
Me as Ramona, the Sanderson sisters and my sister as hit girl at the Salt Lake Comic Con
I’m in London!
for the next 2 weeks it’s tea, friends, tea, ignoring work emails, all the museums, and biscuits to go with my tea.
Five million years ago, sea levels rose, flooding East Antarctica and forming a salty lake. Millions of years later, glaciers formed on top of the lake, cutting it off from the rest of the continent—meaning that the water in Blood Falls is something of an aqueous time capsule, preserved 400 meters underground. As the glaciers on top of the lake began to freeze, the water below became even saltier, three times saltier than seawater and too salty to freeze. The subglacial lake that feeds Blood Falls is trapped beneath a quarter mile of ice.
Blood Falls is completely cut off from the atmosphere—it has never seen sunlight, is completely devoid of oxygen, and also extremely rich in iron. When water from the subglacial lake seeps through a fissure in the glacier, the salty water cascades down the Taylor Glacier into Lake Bonney below. When the iron-rich water comes into contact with the air, it rusts—depositing blood red stains on the ice as it falls.
Icelandic rock formation
by Brian Reub
Icheon Master Hand
The American Museum of Ceramic Art is honored to present ICHEON: Reviving the Korean Ceramics tradition, an unprecedented exhibition organized by Icheon, South Korea. Icheon has a history of ceramic culture that began over 5000 years ago and has a reputation for its internationally renowned ceramics cultural events.
Using a new, more accurate method for measuring the mass of galaxies that includes collecting information about the distances between the Milky Way, Andromeda and other close-by galaxies, an international group of researchers has shown that the Milky Way has half the Mass of the Andromeda Galaxy.
By studying both the galaxies in and immediately outside the Local Group, Walker was able to pinpoint the group’s center. The researchers then calculated the mass of both the ordinary, visible matter and the invisible dark matter throughout both galaxies based on each galaxy’s present location within the Local Group. Andromeda had twice as much mass as the Milky Way, and in both galaxies 90 percent of the mass was made up of dark matter.