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Dune by MilaMai

Used book haul! I was definitely feeling the luck of my little bamboo plant today when I found all of these wonderful books! I’ve been waiting ever so patiently to find the fourth Dune book, God Emperor of Dune, and today I finally found it! I’m also nearly up to date with Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world, so my journey into her other novels was bound to happen soon…thus my happiness at finding Shaman’s Crossing.

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Plant of the Day

Thursday 13 August 2015

 An beautiful wildflower meadow on the sand dunes of the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, with a large population of the delicate, white-flowering Euphrasia officinalis (eyebright). This low-growing annual plant is found in short grasslands at the top of cliffs, windswept heaths, and downlands. Species of Euphrasia are generally semi-parasitic, feeding on nutrients obtained from the roots of grasses, so they are useful in controlling vigour so allowing a greater range of plants to thrive.

Jill Raggett

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Solar And Wind Energy May Be Nice, But How Can We Store It?

One problem with solar power is that the sun goes down. A lot of people are working to store energy from the sun during the day to use at night.

I toured a Nevada plant that stores the sun’s heat in molten salt, which then powers a steam generator after sundown.

My colleagues Lauren Sommer, Leigh Patterson examined two other storage options that are not batteries: air and ice. Read more or listen to our NPR pieces here. 


Photo credits: SolarReserve & Jeff Brady

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#mypubliclandsroadtrip Visits a Wild California Landscape in the Desert - A Must for the Bucket List

The 19,935 acre Cadiz Dunes Wilderness encompasses a major portion of the Cadiz Dune system and desert shrub lowlands just east of the dunes. These small dunes were formed by north winds pushing sands off the Cadiz Dry Lake.  The pristine nature of the dunes and the beautiful spring display of unique dune plants have made the area a favorite for photographers. Wildlife tracks provide evidence of including coyote, black-tailed jackrabbits, kangaroo rats, quail and roadrunners, rattlesnakes, and several species of lizards.

In contrast to the Cadiz Dunes, the Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area about 100 miles away - shown in the city-like landscape above - offers off-highway vehicle recreation. Bordered by steep volcanic hills and the slow running Amargosa River, the elevation varies from 700 feet, at the river, to 1200 feet at the top of Competition Hill, the tallest of the dunes.  

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM