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This crater, ‘The Sedan Crater’, remains from the Plowshares program, the purpose of which was to test the peaceful use of nuclear explosions. The operating hypothesis was that a nuclear explosion could easily excavate a large area, facilitating the building of canals and roads, improving mining techniques, or simply moving a large amount of rock and soil. The intensity and distribution of radiation proved too great, and the program was abandoned. The “Sedan” device was thermonuclear—70 percent fusion, 30 percent fission—with a yield of 100 kilotons. The crater is an impressive 635 feet deep and 1,280 feet wide. The weight of the material lifted was 12 million tons.
[Taken from the book Nuclear Landscapes, by Peter Goin]

Witch problems #07

Me: Ok universe got anything you want to give me? Anything super important I really need to have?

Universe: Yeah here’s a rock

Me: Yeah…. umm… thanks? Do I… do I use this?


Favourite places in Finland -  7/??

Kummakivi (“Strange stone”), Ruokolahti

“According to Wikipedia, Kummakivi is a large balancing rock in Ruokolahti, Finland. The 7-metre long boulder lies on a convex bedrock surface with a very small footprint but so firmly that it cannot be rocked with human force. Kummakivi has been protected since 1962. A pine tree originating from the 1980s grows on top of the boulder. The boulder is located in a forest in the western part of the Ruokolahti municipality, near the border of Puumala.

There’s no way to describe the feeling I got when I experienced this place. We were so deep into the forest it was dead silent. We had to cross an old moss bridge to get there and walked past a beatiful forest lake before finding the stone. No photo can ever do the place justice, you just have to experience it yourself.”
- hallanvaarat


Visiting the New Bears Ears National Monument

In an area as vast and diverse as the new Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah, it’s hard to know where to start in exploring. Here are some ideas for capturing a sampling of what the new National Monument offers.

On the Northern end, take state route 211 into spectacular Indian Creek Canyon. Stop at Newspaper Rock, a large and spectacular petroglyph panel with carvings dating back to 2,000 years. Further along, the canyon opens up into a wide valley rimmed by Navajo Sandstone. The iconic “Sixshooter” spires soon become visible. Look for rock climbers scaling the narrow cracks in the vertical Navajo Sandstone.

Further south, Take Highway 261 and 95 onto Cedar Mesa. The twin Bears Ears rise just north of the mesa. This is one of the most significant archaeological regions anywhere, with ancient pueblos tucked into endless canyons. Visiting many of the pueblos require planning ahead as they include hikes and some also require visitor permits. However, a view of the spectacular Butler Wash Ruin is a one hour round trip hike from a developed trailhead while the Mule Canyon Ruin is located along the highway.

Driving south along the rolling pinion uplands of Cedar Mesa does not prepare one for the descent of Highway 261 via the “Moki Dugway”. The route drops precipitously with views of Monument Valley in the distance. Similar landforms to Monument Valley’s famous formations are found along a 17 mile unpaved loop drive beginning at the base of the Dugway which traverses the Valley of the Gods.

A final stop along the southern border of the monument is also a must see. The viewpoint at Goosenecks State Park takes in a spectacular sequence of tight and colorful meanders of the San Jun River carved into the sandstone cliffs.

Many parts of the new national monument are remote and there are no services. Make sure to stock up with supplies in Monticello, Blanding or Bluff which all offer a full array of services as well as accommodations.


We’ve got your weekend inspiration! #DiscoverTheCoast with us in California

The California Coastal National Monument preserves important habitat for coastal plants and animals, and protects cultural sites that provide insight into the people who lived along the California coast thousands of years ago. Many of the new units of the monument are also culturally and spiritually important to local tribes.

Cotoni-Coast Dairies
in Santa Cruz County extends from the steep slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains to marine terraces overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This portion of the California Coastal National Monument encompasses ancient archaeological sites, riparian and wetland habitats, coastal prairie grasslands, and woodlands that include stands of coast redwood. Photo by Jim Pickering, BLM. 

A respite from the modern world, complete with historic architecture and abundant natural life, awaits visitors to the California coast at Piedras Blancas.

Only 40 miles north of San Luis Obispo, California, the large white coastal rocks for which Piedras Blancas was named have served as a landmark for centuries to explorers and traders along the central coast of California.

Built in 1875 as a safety aid to mariners, the light station once cast a flashing, oil-flame light 25 miles out to sea, warning ship captains to steer clear of the white rocks that would mean certain doom for a vessel.

Today, the light station, its first order lens and light structure long ago removed, casts a beacon to travelers on scenic California Highway 1. It continues to provide a navigational aid to ship traffic, as well. Photo by David Ledig, BLM.

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Jacob: (to himself) What did you do today, Jacob? I was inside a suitcase. 

At the top Jacob finds a large rock populated with m\Mooncalves- shy, with huge eyes filling up their whole faces.

Jacob: Hey! Oh, fellas- all right- all right.

The Mooncalves jump and hop down the rocks toward Jacob, who finds himself suddenly surrounded by their friendly, hopeful faces.

- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Original Screenplay

My love @fantstic-newt requested this, and I am so thankful because they are so cute!

@thesniffler @newt-scamagines @fantastic-fanfic-beasts @newtts-scamander @ofnifflersandkings @she-who-nailed-it

Large Gothic Rock Crystal Loop Buckle with Garnets, 5th Century AD

Of gilt-bronze with carved rock crystal loop and inlaid garnets

A small number of belt buckles made from rock crystal have been found and mostly related to the Ostrogoths, the Eastern branch of the Gothic confederacy of tribes; the Western branch being the Visigoths who would go on to settle Southern France, Spain and North Africa. The Ostrogoths traced their origins to the Greutungi – a branch of the Goths who had migrated southward from the Baltic Sea and established a kingdom north of the Black Sea, during the third and fourth centuries, and their name would appear to mean ‘glorified by the rising sun.’

The relative scarcity of rock crystal buckles would indicate that they were reserved for the elite and that they were only used for special occasions, such as religious ceremonies, diplomatic meetings, and other court ceremonial; the fragile nature of the stone would make them unpractical to wear on a daily basis, particularly in warfare. Rock crystal had been regarded as having special qualities since the Neolithic when pebbles of the crystal had been placed in graves. It would go on to be revered by the Romans and manufactured into luxury items, and it is possibly this influence, along with a native belief in the magical power of the stone, that led to it being used for the aristocracy.


Anne’s Rock

This large and legendary rock formation left behind by a glacier hangs out over a small creek in Colwyn, PA. Legend says a young Lenape girl named Anne committed suicide on the rock after she was forbidden from marrying an English settler. Either she jumped from the rock, which used to be much higher but has been damaged by weather, or she was struck by lightning while standing on the rock. Either way, her image is now apparently burned into the rock. This part of the legend is not true, but there is a figure painted on the side of the rock.

People have reported feeling watched near the rock. People have been scratched, bruised, and choked by a heavy, invisible presence while walking by or near the rock. Burning herbs or incense have also been smelled. Multiple EVP sessions and other ghost hunts in the area have always reported a male spirit. Clear responses from EVP sessions show a male voice, who answers intelligently to questions, though not ones about who, or what, he is. His messages are also often requests to lure people into the creek. 

It’s clear that whoever, or whatever, is haunting this rock formation isn’t the spirit of a star-crossed lover, but perhaps something far more sinister.