natural reserve


Красноярские Столбы - это природный заповедник общей площадью 47 219 га, который расположен вблизи города Красноярска и реки Енисей (Россия). Этот заповедник представлен к Списку Фонда всемирного наследия ЮНЕСКО. Заповедник был основан в 1925 году по инициативе жителей города для сохранения природных комплексов вокруг живописных горных пород.

Krasnoyarsk Columns are a natural reserve with a total area of 47 219 hectares which is located near the city of Krasnoyarsk and the Yenisei River (Russia). This reserve is presented to the List of Fund of the world heritage of UNESCO. The reserve was founded in 1925 at the initiative of residents for preservation of natural complexes round picturesque rocks.

площадь [plòshit’] - square
город [gòrat] - city (noun, m.)
житель [zhitel`] - inhabitant, resident
река [rikà] - river

Fuu has an older sister! An elaborately dressed older sister. I take it that the Hououji’s are very well off to be able to send their children to private schools. 

Also, I thought Fuu’s formality might be a family trait, but her sister called her Fuu-chan, whereas Fuu responded with onee-sama instead of onee-san or onee-chan, so I suppose it’s just Fuu’s natural inclination to be reserved and formal, even with her family. 


The light keeper’s house and elephant seals at UC Santa Cruz’s Año Nuevo Island Reserve. Hundreds of thousands of northern elephant seals once inhabited the Pacific Ocean. They were slaughtered wholesale in the 1800s for the oil that could be rendered from their blubber. By 1892, only 50 to 100 individuals were left.

The UCSC reserve supports a 40-year ongoing study of the growing elephant seal population, which has rebounded from near extinction a century ago.

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The Curious Case of the Living Rocks

Ok, so these rocks aren’t actually alive, but they do seem to be growing and multiplying. They are known as trovants and they can be found in the small Romanian village of Costesti. These trovants came into existence during some powerful seismic activity some 6 million years ago.

Scientists have noted that these particular rocks can only be formed in large deposits of highly porous sand along with the presence of calcium carbonate. Trovants are comprised of a hard stone inner core, with a shell made of sand. After heavy rain, the trovants absorb the minerals from the rainwater which sets off a chemical reaction between the layers of sand and the minerals. During this process, the layers expand over the rock’s inner core, and new bulges appear on the surface, giving the rock an appearance of growing and multiplying.

Trovants are usually smooth, edgeless rocks, and can range in size anywhere between a few millimeters to a few meters. But one feature in particular has scientists especially baffled: they have tree-like age rings that are visible when the stone is cut. While there isn’t much well-documented research on these rocks, they still provide a sense of mystery and awe to visitors and locals alike. They are protected in the Trovants Museum Natural Reserve, run by the Kogayon association, which aims to raise awareness about protecting the environment.

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The Department of Awesome Natural Wonders is hosting the next Geyser of Awesome Field Trip! This time we’re headed down to Mexico, specifically a fishing village called Las Coloradas, located on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. That’s where we’ll find the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve and it’s estuary of gorgeous rose-colored waters and white salt beaches.

The water’s pink color comes from marine microorganisms, red plankton and brine shrimp. The effect is similar to what happens to flamingos’ feathers because the birds also feed on plankton.

Photos by @marisahampe, @ fercabrera27, @fabio_c_rodrigues, @elvakntu, @pattylinage_, @missviriri, @enriquefz, @louisemrg, and @louisemrg respectively.

[via My Modern Met]