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Ocean entry and lava delta formation, Hawaii

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Behold, the first episode of Eons, our new show about natural history and paleontology, produced in conjunction with @pbsdigitalstudios! Let me know what you think! Thanks!

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Giant Salamander As Big As a Dog
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Giant salamanders can grow to 5 feet in length and weigh up to 80 lbs. They face a barrier of dams in Japan, built to control flooding. Now it’s hoped a new system will help these giant amphibians get upstream past the dams to lay their eggs.

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SKYGLOW

sky·glow
/skī’glō’/
noun
brightness of the night sky in a built-up area as a result of light pollution 

 After a grueling three-year journey of over 150,000 miles traveled and 3,000,000 pictures taken, renowned timelapse filmmakers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan are proud to introduce SKYGLOW; a hardcover photo book and timelapse video series exploring North America’s remaining magnificent night skies and the grave threat of light pollution to our fragile environment. SKYGLOW explores the history and mythology of celestial observation, the proliferation of electrical outdoor lighting that spurred the rise of the phenomena known as “skyglow,” and the Dark Sky Movement that’s fighting to reclaim the night skies.

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Quartz 

Bizarre specimen of Quartz crystal sliced by thin Calcite layers from Bor Pit, Dal negorsk, Russia. It forms an aesthetic cluster of Quartz with one dominant crystal. It has sharp hexagonal shape and irregular thickness due to tectonic movements.

Locality: Bor Pit, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

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Full moon rising over Los Angeles earlier this month