Furber Residence in Cape Breton Island 

The Furber Residence by Omar Gandhi Architect is situated delicately along a narrow piece of land between a tree-lined country road and a dramatic ocean-side cliff that overlooks the Gulf of St Lawrence.

The project reflects the studios’s vision related to the landscape context: “The land is the essential element and has a story of its own. Long before we discuss interior design, we discuss the landscape and how architecture could enhance it. If the land needs to be cleared, we discuss how we can save or restore its natural beauty. If there is an interesting natural element, like an outcrop, we confer about incorporating it into our plans. We learn where the sun rises and sets in relation to our vision.

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Planet Earth.
The above images may look like art, but they are indeed places on Earth. Most of them are part of NASA’s Earth as Art. Click each image to see where they are.

Fun facts about the Earth:
• Earth is the only planet with only one moon.
• The Earth is not a perfectly round sphere, it bows outward at the equater as if it was stepped on (like an oval). The actual shape is “oblate spheroid”
• Earth is the only planet that has liquid water that can freely flow on the surface - Mars occassionally has liquid water but it quickly evaporates
• This planet is the only one that has an atmosphere that consists primarily of oxygen

Part of Celestial Reconnaissance Bodies of the Solar System series. :)
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A harp seal pup called a whitecoat patiently waits for its mother to return in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. Pups are born on the ice in late February and nursed for 12 to 15 days until their mother abandons them to mate and migrate. The pup, fattened with enriched milk, will wait for its mother until hunger or weak ice forces it into the sea to learn how to swim and eat. Natural mortality is high in normal conditions, and we have witnessed the loss of over 90 percent of pups when storms have demolished weak ice in warmer than normal temperatures. —David Doubilet

Photo by @BrianSkerry
A Harp Seal pup, about 3 weeks old, swims in the icy waters of Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence where waters temps are 29-degrees F (-2C). The pup shed its white coat only days before this picture was made. The loss of sea ice due to climate change is having an impact on this species, given that the pups need stable ice to nurse from their moms during the first two weeks of their lives.
Photographed on assignment for @natgeo and part of the upcoming OCEAN WILD lecture tour with @BrianSkerry.
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Photo by @daviddoubilet A lions mane jellyfish hunts for a meal in the shallow coves of Bonne Bay fjord in Gros Morne National Park, #Newfoundland. Lions mane jellies are the largest species of jellyfish, some larger individuals have tentacles reaching 100 feet. They live in cold water and use stinging tentacles to capture fish and other prey. Each time we finished a dive in the fjord I felt like we were surfacing into a Canadian painting. #GrosMorne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From @natgeo story gulf if St. Lawrence, The Generous Gulf. With @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ocean #canada #beauty #jellyfish #adventure #explore for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet by natgeo

Dive into the World of the #harpseal by@daviddoubilet in #CoralFireIce with @Natgeo live at #Mesa Arts Center Nov 12. Here a #harpseal pup called a #whitecoat as it waits for its mother to return. Pups are born on the sea ice in February in Gulf of st lawrence, nursed for 12-15 days and then abandoned to learn how to be a Harp seal on their own, how to swim, how to feed, what to eat. Many die in this challenging early stage due to starvation, drowning and weak and crushed ice. [x]

Photo by @BrianSkerry
A harp seal pup, about 14 days old, makes its first swim in the icy waters of Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence. Thinning ice due to climate change over the last decade has caused problems for these pups that need solid ice as a platform to nurse from their moms. On years when the sea ice is thin or non existent, the pup mortality rate can be especially high. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo.
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The cliff on the right is Percé Rock (Roche Percé), a series of shear shoreline rocks on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence

Atlantic Deep-sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus)

Sometimes known as the “giant scallop”, P. magellanicus is a species of scallop (Pectinidae) which is native to the western Atlantic, where it occurs from the Gulf of St. Lawrence south to Cape Hatteras. Like most bivalves, Placopecten magellanicus is a suspension feeder, filtering the water around it for nutrients. However, like other scallops P. magellanicus possesses the ability to freely swim for short distances by moving water through its valves quickly. 


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Image: Dann Blackwood

St. Lawrence Coalition Condemns Québec's Push for Oil and Gas Development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Québec minister of Energy and Natural Resources, M. Pierre Arcand, as well as minister of Sustainable Development and Environment, M. David Heurtel, have unveiled today Québec’s comprehensive Action Plan on oil and gas. Among other things, this plan aims to continue procedures to open Québec’s part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to oil exploration. The

St. Lawrence Coalition condemns this favorable bias and this supposed urgency that neglects the fragility of the Gulf as well as the fears of Gulf-wide coastal communities directly concerned.

On one hand, the moratorium on Québec’s part of the Gulf will be maintained for a while but no indication is given as to the modalities of its eventual lifting. Will it be lifted as soon as Fall 2014 when Québec tables its mirror-Act on offshore oil and gas? Will a real public consultation (BAPE) on this major issue be held before lifting the Québec moratorium? Will the concerns of coastal communities be heard?

The Québec government wants to initiate legislative procedures by tabling as soon as Fall 2014 its mirror-Act on offshore oil and gas. It must be understood that this Act has to be modeled on a similar Act
tabled simultaneously by the federal government in Ottawa. We hope that Quebec will incorporate in that Act the promised « highest standards » without compromising with the constantly undermined
federal standards :
• Absolute liability of oil companies should be unlimited, as is the case in Norway or Denmark, and not capped at $1 billion with a ministerial discretion to lower it as proposed by the Harper government;
• All exploratory drilling as well as all seismic surveys should be submitted to environmental assessments, and not only the first drilling as is now required by the Harper government;
• The current veto of oil companies on environmental and security information, required by the Harper government, should be rejected by Québec in favor of total transparency;
• Québec should request independent observers on offshore platforms contrary to federal norm;
• The Québec-Newfoundland border issue should be settled before any offshore drilling.

The Québec Action Plans affirms that Newfoundland is on the verge of drilling at Old Harry and that Québec could have all the risks without any of the benefits. It is important to mention that the Old Harry drilling project is still under environmental assessment and Newfoundland is far from having authorized the project.

In addition, the Québec Action Plan only sees the Gulf of St. Lawrence from a Québec perspective. Yet, five provinces share the Gulf of St. Lawrence and any oil exploration, by Québec or any other province, would put its neighbours at risk without them gaining any economic benefit. This interdependency requires openness and dialogue between all Gulf provinces. Québec occupies over 56% of the Gulf surface and the St. Lawrence Coalition strongly encourages the Québec government to assume leadership with its neighbours concerning the management of this unique ecosystem : 

• The five Gulf provinces should agree on a Gulf-wide moratorium on oil and gas exploration and development;
• The five provinces should put in place, with the federal governement, and independent public review to address the offshore oil issue in the totality of the Gulf.

« The Gulf of St. Lawrence is a unique ecosystem of great fragility, shared by five coastal provinces. As a first step, any lifting of the Québec moratorium should be submitted to a public consultation (BAPE). In addition, Québec should assume leadership in the Gulf and work with its neighbour coastal provinces to implement a Gulf-wide moratorium on oil and gas activities as well as holding a Gulf-wide independent public review » concludes Sylvain Archambault, spokesperson for the St. Lawrence Coalition.

Flabellina varrucosa

…a species of aeolid nudibranch in the Flabellinidae that is found on either side of the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean. It ranges from the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Gulf of Maine, and most of the North Atlantic Ocean. Individuals from British Columbia and Alaska are sometimes identified as this species but are very likely a sibling species. F. varrucosa is a predator feeding on a range of sessile invertebrates (preferring Tubularia indivisa). But they are also known to feed on detritus and plankton.


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Image: Bernard Picton

Photo by @daviddoubilet A harp seal peers into the water from the edge of a small piece of sea ice waiting for its mother to return so it can nurse. The sea ice coverage in the Gulf of St Lawrence was minimal that season and the females struggled to find suitable ice to give birth on. A shortage of stable ice forced many females to birth on shore where the pups were unable to survive. Nearly an entire generation of harp seal pups were lost in the Gulf of St Lawrence in 2011/12 due to weak sea ice that broke up early. In recognition of COP21 = 195 Countries = 1 Mission = Legally binding reduction of greenhouse gas. From coverage from The Generous Gulf for @natgeo with @jenniferhayesig @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ocean #hope #life #seal #nature for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet by natgeo