Am I the only one annoyed about how some LoZ fans treat Zant?

I’ve seen alot of people call him disappointing and too crazy/insane.

But seriously,

have you guys 

even been paying attention

to what he did.

These scenes pretty much showed Zant’s TRUE personality: an arrogant, calm, collected,sinister, cunning tactician.

Oh, and does anyone remember what the Light Spirit said to Link at Lanayru spring about the Fused Shadows?

‘’Those who do not know the danger of wielding power will, before long, be ruled by it.’’

Let’s not forget that he said that quote along with a creepy vision that was enough to bring the holder of the Triforce of COURAGE to his knees.

So after Lakebed Temple, Zant stole the Fused Shadows from Midna.Then, once you find him at Twilight Palace, he acts like a huge psychopath.

Think about this for a second. 

Everything from the beginning all the way up to before the Stallord fight was Zant’s real character. But he didn’t know how to properly control the Fused Shadows and was corrupted into a lunatic as punishment.

To sum things up: Zant was not always a crazed and pouty manchild, guys.

Charges Ahead by Julie Fletcher:

“I followed a massive storm front for several hundred kilometers hoping to capture something special, but this blew my mind. The surreal milky green water is a natural phenomenon caused by electromagnetic activity from the lightning hitting the water’s surface. There was no rain where I was and not much wind either, but in the distance the sky was charged and angry, subjecting its wrath [to] the graveyard of dead trees in this normally very dry lakebed. I was able to capture a series of unique images, this being one of the best.”

Photo Location: Menindee Lakes, New South Wales, Australia

This photo was submitted to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest (and  received an Honorable Mention)


The mystery of the roaming rocks of Death Valley’s Racetrack Playa may be at an end. Since their discovery in the 1940s, researchers have speculated about what conditions on the playa could cause 15+ kg rocks to slide tens or hundreds of meters across the dry lakebed. But the rare nature of the movement and the remoteness of the location had prevented direct observation of the phenomenon until last December when a research team caught the rocks in motion (see the timelapse animation above or the source video). Winter rain and snow had created a shallow ice-encrusted pond across the playa by the time the researchers arrived to check their previously installed equipment. Late one sunny morning, the melting ice, only millimeters thick, cracked into plates tens of meters wide and began to move under the light breeze (~4-5 m/s). Despite its windowpane-like thickness, the ice pushed GPS-instrumented rocks up to hundreds of meters at speeds of 2-5 m/min. It took just the right mix of conditions–sun, wind, snow, and water–but the two ice-shoving instances the team observed go a long way toward explaining the sailing rocks. (Image credits: R. Norris et al.; J. Norris, source video; NASA Goddard; via Discover and SciAm)

Okay, this is super awesome cool. See those layered rocks? Typical sedimentary stuff, right. laid down over time at the bottom of a lake or ocean, then uplifted and eroded to show a cross section.

The kicker is that this is an image from the Curiosity Rover on Mars.

If the folks analyzing the image at NASA/JPL are right, that means Mount Sharp was formed from a series of lakebeds, meaning ancient Mars was warm and wet for a really long time. So cool.


Happy 1 (Martian) Year Anniversary Mars Curiosity!

Today NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year – 687 Earth days on the Red Planet. Below are some of Curiosity’s accomplishments in Year 1 as compiled by NASA.

  • In August 2012, Curiosity discovered an ancient riverbed at its landing site. Nearby, at an area known as Yellowknife Bay, the mission met its main goal of determining whether the Martian Gale Crater ever was habitable for simple life forms. The answer, a historic “yes,” came from two mudstone slabs that the rover sampled with its drill. Analysis of these samples revealed the site was once a lakebed with mild water, the essential elemental ingredients for life, and a type of chemical energy source used by some microbes on Earth. If Mars had living organisms, this would have been a good home for them. 

  • Assessed natural radiation levels both during the flight to Mars and on the Martian surface provides guidance for designing the protection needed for human missions to Mars.

  • Measured heavy-versus-light variants of elements in the Martian atmosphere indicate that much of Mars’ early atmosphere disappeared by processes favoring loss of lighter atoms, such as from the top of the atmosphere. Other measurements found that the atmosphere holds very little, if any, methane, a gas that can be produced biologically.

  • Made first determinations of the age of a rock on Mars and how long a rock has been exposed to harmful radiation provide prospects for learning when water flowed and for assessing degradation rates of organic compounds in rocks and soils.


Consolation Valley is a rather quiet place. The silence is only interrupted by rockfall as the ramparts of Mount Babel slowly crumble away. Under the surface, some of the limestone and quartzite boulders come to rest on the lakebed. The valley is off-the-charts beautiful and is a fascinating place to see geology at work.

belly tank racer. el mirage, ca. 2015. par eyetwist
Via Flickr :
like many of the 1950s-era dry lakes racers, this lakester was built from a surplus 300gal drop tank off a WW2 lockheed P-38 fighter plane. from the june 2015 meet at elmo. the southern california timing association (SCTA) has been hosting land speed racing meets at el mirage dry lake in the mojave desert since 1937. racers come from all over california to test their skills, to see who can go the fastest in 1.3 miles from a standing start. the event is full of colorful cars, bikes and characters. nikon D7000 + nikkor 18-200mm, processed in nik color efex pro.

More hot rod here.

Sedimentary signs of a Martian lakebed

This evenly layered rock photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit not far from where flowing water entered a lake.

The scene combines multiple frames taken with Mastcam’s right-eye camera on Aug. 7, 2014, during the 712th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars. It shows an outcrop at the edge of “Hidden Valley,” seen from the valley floor.  This view spans about 5 feet (1.5 meters) across in the foreground.  The color has been approximately white-balanced to resemble how the scene would appear under daytime lighting conditions on Earth. Figure A is a version with a superimposed scale bar of 50 centimeters (about 20 inches).

This is an example of a thick-laminated, evenly-stratified rock type that forms stratigraphically beneath cross-bedded sandstones regarded as ancient river deposits.  These rocks are interpreted to record sedimentation in a lake, as part of or in front of a delta, where plumes of river sediment settled out of the water column and onto the lake floor.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS


Details Of A 3 Billion-Year-Old Martian Lake Emerge

NASA says its Curiosity rover has uncovered more details of a large lake that existed on Mars more than 3 billion years ago. The waterbody, which partially filled a crater near the planet’s equator called Gale, measured 96 miles in diameter and was fed by melting snow that flowed from its northern rim.

The Curiosity mission has also found evidence of streams, river deltas and filled and dried lakes around the crater that indicate the area went through multiple hydrologic cycles over millions of years.

Keep reading

This Overview shows approximately 22 miles of Lake Tandou, an innovative water conservation project in New South Wales, Australia. The lakebed is protected from flooding and uses irrigation canals (the thin green lines) to grow cotton, sunflowers, and grains.

-32.595085315°, 142.035855569°