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For lack of better content at the moment, I thought I’d share some of my environment speedpaints from the past week. I was recently given a very generous gift (Surface Pro 4), which I used to paint these.

Thank you to the amazing person who made drawing and painting that much better for me! And thank you all for looking. ;u;

I plan on getting back to business soon with regular updates. Stay tuned!

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I’m the original creator of these paintings. I’m so happy if you like them, but please don’t repost them. Reblog this post instead, thanks!

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According to the researchers at Rice University, a new study has surfaced stating that the Earth collided with another planet over 4.4 billion years ago which is what gave way to ‘Carbon based life’ on Earth.

In order for a planet to sustain life, like human beings, there needs to be carbon. Rice University researchers are suggesting that a collision with another planet, like Mercury 4.4 billion years ago, could have delivered the carbon necessary for life, only after the Earth had cooled off from its molten infancy. If this were true, it would explain how carbon was absorbed into the Earth’s core and how carbon existed on the Earth’s surface today.

In order for this to happen, Earth would have had to “eat” the smaller Mercury-like planet; the cores would of fused. This explains the carbon-to-sulphur ratio that is abundant here on Earth and is why researchers believe that a collision did indeed happen 4.4 billion years ago bringing life to our planet.

@madqueenalanna IT IS LITERALLY THIS I don’t understand why anyone would do this the truly bitterest version of myself is surfacing like. the study guide the rest of the online section made for test 1 was really sparse but I didn’t add all of my highly detailed notes because I didn’t want my direct competitors to benefit from my dedication
I think this class is a test of my humanity and im losing

Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Our solar system is huge, so let us break it down for you. Here are a few things to know this week:

1. We’re Going In

To be honest, Jupiter is kind of a monster. Not only is it the biggest planet in the solar system, but it also wields the most dangerous radiation and other powerful forces. Despite the risks, our Juno probe is going in close, because Jupiter also holds precious clues to how the planets formed, including our own. Arrival date: July 4. Watch the Juno mission trailer video HERE.

2. Moon Maps

The moon is beautiful in the sky, and also up close—sometimes even in the maps that scientists use to study its surface. Here are some evocative maps that lunar geologists have drawn up to chart the landscapes in the moon’s dramatic Tycho Crater. Take a look HERE.

3. That’s No Moon…Sort Of

The full moon we’ll see this week is not Earth’s only companion in space. Astronomers have discovered a small asteroid in an orbit around the sun that keeps it near the Earth, where it will remain for centuries. But it’s not exactly a second moon, either.

4. Power Blast

Venus has an “electric wind” strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping Earth’s twin planet of its oceans, according to new results from the European Space Agency (ESA) Venus Express mission by NASA-funded researchers.

5. How Green (Well, Red) Was My Valley

“Marathon Valley” slices through the rim of a large crater on Mars. It has provided fruitful research targets for our Opportunity rover since July 2015, but now the rover’s team is preparing to move on.

Want to learn more? Read our full list of the 10 things to know this week about the solar system HERE.

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La Cueva de los Verdes

The Canary Islands are a clump of volcanoes poking out of the sea, with all the usual attendant geomorphological features (geomorphology studies the surface shape of the Earth and the processes that carve it). The cave in the photo (named after a local family) is a lava tube, a remnant of a covered river of flowing molten rock that erupted some 3,000 years ago on the island of Lanzarote. As the lava river poured out of the vent, the surface started to freeze into a crust, and the lava carried on flowing below, until it ran out. At that point the tube emptied, leaving behind the 7.5km long cave, which flowed both on land and beneath the sea. Parts of the roof have collapsed over time, leaving some 20 windows to the light above. The cave was a traditional hiding place form pirates, slavers or invaders, and is now a popular tourist spot, featuring a concert hall amongst other pleasures.

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Image credit: Luc Viatour

This is a “false color” image of Pluto - differences in the color of Pluto’s surface have been exaggerated to help scientists study surface composition. NASA geologists are suggesting that the white shaped heart is a source of new ice:

The two bluish-white “lobes” that extend to the southwest and northeast of the “heart” may represent exotic ices being transported away from Sputnik Planum.