in the airplane over the sea


ANTARCTICA - OCTOBER 27: Ice floats near the coast of West Antarctica viewed from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge airplane. NASA’s Operation IceBridge has been studying how polar ice has evolved over the past eight years. Researchers have used the IceBridge data to observe that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may be in a state of irreversible decline directly contributing to rising sea levels. NASA and University of California, Irvine (UCI) researchers have recently detected the speediest ongoing Western Antarctica glacial retreat rates ever observed. Photos by Getty Images staff photographer Mario Tama.

A newly formed crack in the Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica extends as far as the eye can see. The fracture is currently measured at 100 feet wide and over 100 miles long, growing more than 50 miles alone since 2011. If this chunk of ice breaks away, roughly 2,000 square miles will be lost - that’s roughly the size of the state of Delaware. The break is the latest example of major ice loss in the fast warming Antarctic Peninsula and could lead to a rise in global sea levels by roughly four inches (10 centimeters).

Photo taken from airplane by John Sonntag for NASA

The views in our life change, they flow in and out of our days and we know not what they will be. Sometimes they are grand, sunrises over sweeping seas, but sometimes they are small, sunsets framed by oval windows, only inches tall. Treasure both, and sew them into the fabric of your heart. They shape the dreams you will have, the stories you can one day tell. Open your eyes, there is so much magic to see.

This is the only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2 at 2,172 km/h (1,350 mph). This unique picture was taken in April 1985 by Adrian Meredith from a Tornado fighter jet, which only rendezvoused with Concorde for just 4 minutes over the Irish Sea. The RAF Tornado rapidly running out of fuel, and was struggling to keep up with Concorde.

The Concorde was a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet that operated until 2003. It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04, with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for the next 27 years.

Psychedelic Swirls Show Algae Bloom from Space

A huge, thick cyanobacteria bloom paints the Baltic Sea in greenish-blue swirls in a satellite image captured Aug. 11, 2015, by Landsat 8. Faint, straight-line tracks through the bloom are the paths of ships, and a white vapor trail on the upper left reveals where an airplane passed over.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

Photograph taken by @paulnicklen for @natgeo. Black and White. Male narwhal rest on the surface before continuing their migration through Lancaster Sound, Nunavut. I took this image while Brian Knutsen, my childhood friend and ace off-strip pilot were flying around the Arctic in my little ultralight airplane. Spending time with these shy animals has definitely been one of the highlights of my career. It is hard to photograph and fly at the same time which is why Brian would work his mastery from the backseat while I sat in the front seat with the doors off. The plane had inflatable floats and we would land on the sea ice back at camp where we lived in tents for two months. We only had two good days of shooting over a sixty day period. To see images of this small but effective airplane and to see more images of Narwhals please follow me on @paulnicken. #unicorns #unicornsofthesea #findingaway #explore #adventure #thejourney @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #beauty #nature #love by natgeo

So I made a timeline for my headcanon of how Battery City rose to power, and for the wars that led to everything. Here it is! Note: In this universe, helium used to be a vital resource in the world. History before the beginning of this list is generally the same.


  • Better Living Industries, a Japanese company, begins its expansion into the USA.


  • World helium supplies begin to deplete significantly.


  • War breaks out over helium reserves.


  • Many countries begin to switch to gasoline powered flight(airplanes) and propeller based sea travel. War continues despite this.
  • Some places begin to socially fall apart due to war.


  • BL/ind begins to build a city in California which they claim to be for employees and their families to live in so they can be nearby the factories and warehouses.


  • Cities around the USA crumble into chaos, BL/ind offers refuge to some, those who won’t/can’t line in Battery City set up small settlements in the surrounding desert.
  • Much of the East and West coasts of the USA are destroyed due to nuclear bomb explosions in DC and Seattle.


  • BL/ind and Battery City become the only known governing body and settlement(besides small desert towns) known in the ruins of the USA, already well established with a law system and a police force known as “draculoids”
  • BL/ind introduces various new medications


  • Battery City becomes a “negative utopia” over several years, instill set morals into citizens, make pills mandatory
  • Few that realize what is going on escape to the desert, form small groups of rebels known as “killjoys”, people in settlements become known as “neutrals” for neutral stance towards city


  • Political war breaks out between Battery City and other surviving cities that it does trade with. Marks the beginning of what is known as the second “Helium War”.
  • Killjoys begin more active rebellion against BL/ind with increased military/police presence and aggression in zones. Marks the beginning of what is known as the “Analog War”.
  • Regulations tighten in Battery City under the guise of safety.


  • Political war ends, other cities either become Better Living cities willingly or are taken over. Official end to the second Helium War.


  • Analog War ends with the death of killjoy leader Mike Milligram and the destruction of a BL/ind factory, and the recall of most draculoids and exterminators back into the city.