science from nature

The Bahamas from space.

This group of 700 atolls and keys in the Atlantic are the tips of great banks poking out above the ocean surface. The bedrock is fossil coral, with lagoonal oolitic limestone derived from the erosion and precipitation of reefs and shells bedded above it. The highest point is only 63 metres above sea level. Only one river exists in the entire archipelago. The photo was snapped from the ISS by NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg.

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ID #79832

Name: Lou
Age: 26
Country: France

Hello! My name is Lou and I live in the south of France. I am a soon-to-be student again, currently working at home and spending too much time in nature.

My interests include (but are not limited to): science (especially geology, astronomy and botany), archaeology, video games, travels, poetry, Star Trek, music, and a weird j-pop band called Kanjani8.

I am shy, awkward, but really friendly! I am also non-binary (they/them pronouns) and queer!

Preferences: I’d like to meet people from around my age (between 21 and 30) but if you think we can get along, I’m okay with anybody over 18!

I also like to write letters so I’m looking for someone who want to receive mails or letters!

ID #80915

Name: Rose
Age: 17
Country: The Netherlands

Hello hello everyone,
my name is as you already know Rose but i actually prefer my second name, Elisabeth (like the queen of England).
I plan to study ‘live science and technology’ in a few years, i say a few years because i want to take a gap year with my family in Italy (i’m not italian tho, they migrated).
if i have to describe myself i would say that i am a very bubbly person with way to much interests.
i like… movies, drawing, holahooping, reading, drinking tea, cats (espicialy my own, they are called Finnian and Cake (yes, like the dessert)), walks, nature, mathematics, physics and many more. I also love music, my taste goes from metal to musical songs (mostly, les miserables) my favorite band is MUSE. I play the cello, base guitare and the double cello.

Preferences: i am looking for someone who loves to talk about absolutely nothing and everything at the same time.
i want to talk about conspiracy theories, how weird clouds are, series and shows, our lives and maybey my feelings also (that one is optional).
i prefer someone older than 16, who is open minded.
any type of communication is fine (snail mail, e-mail, portals, blood magic, teleportation, etc.)

ID #99072

Name: Gabby
Age: 20
Country: USA

Hi!
I’m a current second-year college student studying Psychology and Anthropology. I’m looking for a penpal because I love meeting people from different backgrounds and countries, and I really enjoy writing letters.
My favorite subjects are the natural sciences (so like biology, paleontology, anthropology) and history. I also enjoy art, animation, and film as hobbies. I volunteer at one of my local museums as a public floor volunteer which I love, it’s very fun being able to teach children about science.
I have one penpal currently who I exchange letters with and I’d really like to find someone else who enjoys exchanging letters. I’m not opposed to using email or Skype to keep in touch though.

Preferences: I’d prefer someone in my age range (18-22) but I don’t mind if someone is younger than 18, just as long as they aren’t under 15.
My preferred means of contact is letter-writing but I don’t mind email or Skype.

A patchwork quilt

These towns and fields set below a winding river valley in Ethiopia resemble a psychedelic quilt from the 1970’s, while revealing some of the constraints geology and physical geography put on human landscapes. The towns are set in the river valleys, where water is easy to obtain and they won’t encroach upon increasingly valuable agricultural land, while the multicoloured fields are in the surrounding highlands.

Loz

Image credit: Digital Globe

So in case nature hasn’t blown your mind yet today.. Here you go! This is a Pyrite Cube that has emerged from a limestone matrix. 

This particular piece was found in Navajun, Spain. Pyrite is pretty common around the world, but the Pyrite Cubes from this area are pretty rare because they are almost perfect 90 degree angle cubic formations. Not to mention how incredibly awesome they look.

Honestly, how amazing is this?? Gotta love Pyrite! This specimen is ready for its new home. You can find it here.

ID #72873

Name: Bruna
Age: 19
Country: Portugal

Hi :) My name is Bruna and I’ve lived in Portugal my whole life, though I’d love to travel the world. I’m fluent in portuguese and english and I can also my spanish.

Well, I’m a biology major, so pretty much anything related to science and nature is just right up my alley; I’m a huuuuge book and mythology nerd (it becomes hard for me to stop gushing about how much i love books xd).

Music and art also play a big role in my life; I love hiking, the stars and being outdoors in general and I can be found talking my ears out about my precious tv shows/films/comics. Writing helps me cope with a lot and I love words, so if you are a two word converstion type of person we probably won’t click.

I love kitties, like I’ll most likely end up as a crazy cat lady but I think I’ve pretty much accepted my fate by now.

Mostly looking for friends, someone to rant with and have deep conversations as I am a biiig fan of those but also just have fun. Snail mail would be fun, but you can just email or tumblr me for now :)

Oh, don’t even try to come at me if you’re racist, a homophobe, etc; I’m bisexual but leaning more towards girls, not out at home, but to some of my friends.

Preferences: 17+, preferably girls because I usually connect better; country wise is whatever, but i’d love to meet people from the US and all over Europe

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THE VIEW FROM ABOVE - Chinese caterpillars seen from the dorsal aspect

Click individual images for IDs….

View all images in the THE VIEW FROM ABOVE series on my Flickr HERE.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

When volcanoes die

Once the heat from below that fed the magma chamber dies down, the volcano cools and its rocks get denser and contract, the entire structure begins to sink back into the underlying crust. When this happens to a volcanic island in the tropics, coral reefs begin to ring the sinking peak since it provides a perfect environment for growth in the middle of the deep ocean, as they require shallow illuminated seas. These phenomena are called atolls, and Darwin was the first to come up with this ingenious solution to their formation.

Bora Bora in the Leewards Islands (part of French Polynesia) is a textbook example. Around the outside is a barrier reef, shielding the main island from storms and separating the pearly blue lagoon from the deep dark depths all around. The centre is the extinct peak of a volcano, that was at its most active some 3 to 3.5 million years ago, peaking at 750 metres. Now a major tourist spot, it was first settled some 1600 years ago, and discovered by Europeans in 1722.

We also recently shared an agate that resembles this atoll seen from space at http://on.fb.me/1Kzdtog.

Loz

Image credit: CNES/PLEIADES satellite

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2 Extinctions, 1 New Species, and… chess?
Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 5

You win some, and you lose some: this is true in games of chess, and sometimes in science, too. A newly discovered species can never replace the loss of another - but we persevere. 

Also. ‘Chicago’ is named after the Menominee word Shikako, or skunk place - where smelly onions grow. I love that our city is named after a foul odor. <3 

ID #26917

Name: Lou
Age: 26
Country: France

Hello! My name is Lou and I live in the south of France. I am a soon-to-be student again, currently working at home and spending too much time in nature.

My interests include (but are not limited to): science (especially geology, astronomy and botany), archaeology, video games, travels, poetry, Star Trek, music, and a weird j-pop band called Kanjani8.

I am shy, awkward, but really friendly! I am also non-binary (they/them pronouns) and queer!

Preferences: I’d like to meet people from around my age (between 21 and 30) but if you think we can get along, I’m okay with anybody over 18!

I also like to write letters so I’m looking for someone who want to receive mails or letters! 

These swirling clouds captured by NASA’s Terra Satellite above Jeju-do, South Korea, are known as Von Karman vortices.

They are created when a mass of fluid, such as water or air, encounters an obstacle and creates swirls going in alternating directions. The obstacle in this instance is Mount Halla, which rises to 6,400 feet-high enough to affect cloud patterns.

-Jean

Photograph: MODIS/Terra/NASA

anonymous asked:

How big is hartvig nissen and how many students go there? I've seen people who apparently go to the school being excited about/surprised at seeing Tarjei (like his performance at the school that someone shared on insta/twitter)... is it because different programs are very separated or is it just a v big school?

halla anon! 

wikipedia tells me the school has 685 students this year, which i guess isn’t that many students? nissen has three different programs, which are general studies (studiespesialiserende), drama and  a “special education program” (i know they have at least one group of students with disabilities per year, for example). the largest one is definitely general studies, which offer specialisation in different subjects, like natural sciences. from what we’ve seen this season, sana and isak are probably doing that. the drama program in nissen is quite well known i would say, I’m not from oslo, but i knew they had a drama program before i ever moved there. tarjei sandvik moe (isak) and david sjøholt (magnus) is in this program in their second year, and ruby dagnall (emma) is in her first year. I think ina svenningdal (girl-chis) used to go there too. 

the school itself is mainly three buildings with 3 or 4 floors (one of them is mainly the cafeteria and offices though), and i dont think the programs are that separated, or at least not drama and general studies. drama has to do the core subjects, like norwegian, english, history etc. and use a lot of the same classrooms, in my experience. i feel like you would run into most people at the school either outside between the three building (where isak is walking in returned) or in the stairs after a few weeks at the school. 

as for why they were surprised, maybe they just hadn’t heard him sing before? also, while i dont think the school itself separates the programs, i think socially they might be separated, in a way?? at least in my school (not nissen, a few years ago and outside oslo) i did a music program, and we were kinda separated socially, we hung out with the other people from music and dance from all years, not the other programs really. 

ID #45597

Name: Hannah
Age: 19
Country: England

Hey, I’m Hannah and I’m a Zoology student just about to finish my second year of University. I think it would be really interesting to find someone around the world to exchange mail with (snail mail/email - both would be cool)

My interests are quite varied, I am a science geek at heart so I’m always open to hearing about aspects of science if you are a student in another field. Also a bit of a nerd who likes anime, nature documentaries, indie music and in general I just think it would be fun to hear about someone’s else’s life aswell. I love to draw as well so if we become pen pals expect some doodles as it is my favourite past time.

Preferences: I would prefer 18+ preferably around my age or in your 20s