For the past several years, a group of researchers has been observing
a seemingly impossible wood ant colony living in an abandoned nuclear
weapons bunker in Templewo, Poland, near the German border. Completely
isolated from the outside world, these members of the species Formica polyctena have created an ant society unlike anything we’ve seen before.
The Soviets built the bunker during the Cold War to store nuclear
weapons, sinking it below ground and planting trees on top as
camouflage. Eventually a massive colony of wood ants took up residence
in the soil over the bunker. There was just one problem: the ants built
their nest directly over a vertical ventilation pipe. When the metal
covering on the pipe finally rusted away, it left a dangerous, open
hole. Every year when the nest expands, thousands of worker ants fall
down the pipe and cannot climb back out. The survivors have nevertheless
carried on for years underground, building a nest from soil and
maintaining it in typical wood ant fashion. Except, of course, that this
situation is far from normal.
Polish Academy of Sciences zoologist Wojciech Czechowski and his
colleagues discovered the nest after a group of other zoologists found
that bats were living in the bunker. Though it was technically not legal
to go inside, the bat researchers figured out a way to squeeze into the
small, confined space and observe the animals inside. Czechowski’s team
followed suit when they heard that the place was swarming with ants.
What they found, over two seasons of observation, was a group of almost a
million worker ants whose lives are so strange that they hesitate to
call them a “colony” in the observations they just published in The Journal of Hymenoptera.
Because conditions in the bunker are so harsh, constantly cold, and
mostly barren, the ants seem to live in a state of near-starvation. They
produce no queens, no males, and no offspring. The massive group
tending the nest is entirely composed of non-reproductive female
workers, supplemented every year by a new rain of unfortunate ants
falling down the ventilation shaft.
If you see a geyser just as it’s about to
erupt, it might look like some sort of alien
egg is about to hatch from the earth. As
the super-heated water below ground
turns immediately to steam, bubbles
rise and pressure builds- but for a split
second before the geyser erupts, you can
often see a giant bubble that catches the
light as it forms over the fissure. SourceSource 2
There is so much beauty on a face held by shoulders already heavy with the weight on the world. You have a good mix of pessimism and optimism giving you a realistic approach to life. But real is hard to pill to swallow and it can cause a lot of your advice and warnings to be unheard by those your’e trying to protect.. Your realistic intuition allows you to feel the ground below crumbling before it happens. You know when it’s time to move on or to act before things get worse.
The Survival Condo Project is a luxury condo complex housed in a former underground missile silo near Concordia, in Kansas, in the US. Located 15 stories below ground, it was designed to comfortably survive any apocalypse such as global health pandemics, cataclysmic weather, and terror attack, including a nuclear one. The missile silo was originally built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960’s for the Atlas “F” missile, and there were 72 of them around the country. The walls of the silo, constructed out of epoxy-hardened concrete, are 9 feet thick and designed to survive a direct nuclear strike. The dome structure that covers the silo cap can withstand winds in excess of 500 mph.
The condos are equipped with a number of modern amenities: flat-screen TVs, pools, theater, workout area, classrooms and library, and a minor surgery center. Each residential unit is provisioned with a five-year supply of freeze-dried and dehydrated survival food per person. In addition, they have a hydroponic garden where they plan to grow 70 varieties of fruits and vegetables and there’s a fish farm where they’ll raise tilapia.
The air supply for the entire facility is filtered by Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) filters and the physical air intakes are protected by blast valves that prevent an over pressure air wave created by a nearby explosion from entering the facility and killing those inside. Power is provided by the local electric grid, with a backup large wind turbine, and a diesel generator, while water is provided from redundant sources and purified for consumption.
The Jetsons were a result of a zombie apocalypse. They realized that zombies couldn’t climb up anything so they just built everything on stilts and became self sufficient w/out the need of the ground below.
the egyptians mined down and carved the pyramids out of the earth below ground and then when they were done they leveled out the rest of the ground around the area using a combination of water and dynamite so it would appear that they had built them above ground
I love sports bras and ponytails. I love wet hair and short breath. I love singing louder than everyone else in the car. I love laughing uncontrollably and unashamed. I love making faces and waving at babies and kissing dogs. I love walking in the rain. I love spontaneous adventures and the lights of the city at night. I love late mornings and chamomile tea and fuzzy socks. I love running- I love when it feels like your lungs are going to explode and your head is light and your feet slap the ground below you and the rush that comes as soon as you stop and look at the distance you have come. Alive. I love feeling comfortable in being. In existing. I love waking up and looking in the mirror, with no makeup and yesterdays hair, and being okay with what I see. It has taken me years to begin to like that girl in the glass. But I am finally starting to hope that she will stay.
There is a common misconception going around that honey bees are essential to our plants. There are plants that require pollinators, like many fruit trees, but pollination isn’t a honey bee monopoly. Many insects pollinate and many plants require no pollination whatsoever or their pollination is achieved by wind.
Entomophily or insect pollination covers 1000s of species of insects that pollinate, flies, moths, butterflies, ants, etc & over 20,000 types of bees! We don’t need to enslave the honey bee & the world isn’t coming to an end w/o beekeepers.
I suspect the general population is so out of touch on the issue because so few people grow anything any more & we have a few mega industries producing all the food.
So of course save the bees, but don’t be deluded into thinking honey is essential, its just the industry covering up the fact they screwed up and breed only one type of bee, just like when Ireland only took one type of potato, we are lacking BEEVERSITY! If all the bees die its the beekeepers fault for not having a diversified business of pollinators & only going after short term profits vs long term strength through diversity.
You can learn a little bit more about “bee stock” and how not native the honey bee is & imagine how many native pollinators they have decimated.
The Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi (Lycaenidae), is a stunning butterfly with undersides providing the illusion of being green, an effect produced by the diffraction of light on a lattice-like structure found within the wing scales, which provides excellent camouflage as the butterfly rests.
But perhaps the most amazing thing of these butterflies is the fact that their chrysalides have stridulatory organs which give the pupae the ability to produce a squeaking noise.
Stridulatory organs (which are also present in some other species) were thought to be an adaptation to myrmecophily as this species benefits from an association with ants that provide it a level of protection. But since it has been shown that the stridulatory organs are present both in myrmecophilous and non myrmecophagous species; therefore, it has been suggested that this trait probably did not evolve in relation with myrmecophily, but may be used to enhance relationships with ants. It is that the pupa is actually “singing” to attract the attention of ants, which carry it into their nests below the ground.
The pupa secretes a sugary substance which the ants drink. In exchange the pupa gains protection from other insects that would not dare enter the ants nest.
Okay okay okay so he’s everything below the ground and she’s the flowers. His love nurtures her (like the soil), while she provides structure and helps take away the sadness (like roots filtering toxins and buildup). What a beautiful metaphor for a loving marriage.
I see this quiet, serious man who cares so much about his job and is absolutely invested in everyone that he is charged with. And at the end of the day he comes home to this wife who loves him so much, so unconditionally, not in spite of his seriousness but because of it. Because he’s loving and complex and carries the weight of literally billions of souls. And she hugs him and smiles and kisses him and makes everything bright and colorful and she represents everything that is beautiful in the world.
Black Fairy Egg Nest feels like a secret den where winged creatures could emerge at any moment. The primary piece hovering overhead is a nest of hand cut resin light sculptures dripping into the exhibition space. A pregnant mass leaks thin glowing strands and dark stones dangle towards the ground below.
Isaac lost one of the only girls who cared about him.
Chris and Allison can’t have bonding moments about weapons. They can’t talk about Victoria. Never again. He’s going to have to place his lifeless daughter six feet below the ground. Just like he did with his wife.
Lydia isn’t going to have a shopping buddy anymore. She isn’t going to have a friend to go to for advice. She doesn’t have a best friend anymore.
Scott lost the girl who loved him. The girl who probably took his first kiss. The girl who was his first time. The girl who believed in him. The girl who told him “I love you.” Before dying. Before she even said she loved her father.
Isaac lost a the first girl to care about him since Erica. He lost the first person to love him since his father.
We lost Allison. The girl who was unbelievably sweet. The girl who was unafraid. The girl who was actually scared shitless, but put on a brave face and kicked ass. We lost one of the strongest characters.
Centralia: The Ghost Town Abandoned Because of the Fire Beneath It
When you think of American ghost towns, it’s likely that you picture a crumbling Wild West outpost. However, in the middle of Pennsylvania, there’s a town that disappeared far more recently. In many ghost towns, it’s the collapse of an industry that caused people to leave. InCentralia, it was the industry itself that resulted in this abandoned town.
Centralia was a quaint town of over 2,000 residents in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. The large coal deposits below the ground helped turn Centralia into a bustling business center in the early parts of the 20th century. All was well until 1962, when an exposed seam of coal caught on fire during a routine trash burning at the landfill.
Over the next two decades, several attempts were made to put out the underground fire, but the its virtually unlimited source of fuel made the attempts futile. Citizens of Centralia knew of the fire, but it wasn’t until 1979 that its extent was fully understood by residents and scientists. It was a local gas station owner who discovered the fire’s true danger when he measured the temperature of his underground storage tanks at 172 degrees — 100 degrees higher than normal.
A few years later, a young boy was swallowed by a large sinkhole caused by the mine fire and was lucky to survive. That incident, the increasing number of sick residents, and the rising levels of carbon monoxide spelled the end for Centralia.
So, star, I was rewatching Sock Opera and I found this part really weird? When Bill appeared to Dipper after Dipper wondered about who would know secret codes, there was a lot of bright blue light and electricity. I couldn’t link electricity and dream demons together that very well.
But then I remembered this whole scene, and that was when I realized the parallels.
In the first picture, Dipper and Bill, who were above ground, had the triangle (Bill) right-side up. In the second picture, Stan and the machine, who were underground, had the triangle upside-down. Bill and the machine were literally mirror images (or at least, close to one).
So, is it possible that the machine and Bill are somehow, in some way, linked? Don’t forget that we’ve seen the result of the portal below ground (Stanley walks out of the portal), but we haven’t seen what happened above. Maybe Bill’s made some sort of impact?