israelian acrobat adam de lange performing at mitzpe ramon during sunrise
we stayed over night on the plateau of mitzpe ramon waiting for sunrise having our cameras ready. when the sun peeped through the early morning fog we realized that we were surrounded by sneaky ibex, the true inhabitants of the place. with the sunrise other people appeared and so did adam who started practising his art on the very edge of the crater’s rim the wide wildernes of the negev desert in front and sunbeam in the eyes. it was magic. i myself made a quick yoga session on the same place which was an unforgettable experience. there is no other place on earth i want to do the tree pose …
tech specs: camera - fuji ga 645, film - kodak portra 400
Israel: Rocket strikes Sderot, IAF returns fire in Gaza - 21 August 2016
A rocket was shot into Sderot along the Gaza border. A Code Red siren was heard in the region. The IDF confirms that a rocket shot from Beit Hanoun in Gaza landed in Sderot. When police searched the area, they found a rocket had exploded between two houses in the city of Sderot. Police have closed off the area; a bomb squad is at the scene. No one is reported injured. Sderot, a town in the western Negev, has been targeted by more than 10,000 rockets since 2001. In 2016 alone, 10 rockets from Gaza have struck the western Negev (not including rockets which were shot from Gaza, but fell inside Gaza). In early July, a rocket from Gaza struck a kindergarten in Sderot. The IDF responded at the time by striking four infrastructure targets in Gaza. The IAF has returned fire to Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza. No injuries on the Gazan side reported. The IDF announced on its Hebrew language twitter account, that “in response to a shooting carried out a short time ago toward the city of Sderot, we attacked, using an Air Force jet, terror infrastructure belonging to the terror organization Hamas, in the northern Gaza Strip.” The infrastructure is reportedly a water tower in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza. The IDF continued, “Similarly, we attacked a terrorist infrastructure via shooting from a tank. We will continue to act decisively at all times to maintain the security of the State of Israel.”
eastern Mediterranean Sea contains the world’s oldest oceanic
crust still in place at the bottom of the sea, according to a paper
published today online in Nature Geoscience by a Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researcher.
Geologists have found that most oceanic crust is less than 200
million years old but Dr. Roi Granot, a member of the Department of
Geological and Environmental Sciences at BGU, says the crust in the
Herodotus Basin, the deepest part of the SE Mediterranean Sea, could be
as much as 340 million years old.
The image shows plate reconstruction
maps at 360, 340 and 320 million years ago (bottom left to upper right),
at around the time when the Pangaea Supercontinent completed its
formation and a new ocean was formed in the now eastern Mediterranean.
Reconstruction by Roi Granot
Granot used magnetic data to analyze the structure of the crust in
the Herodotus Basin, and writes in his research paper that the rocks are
characterized by magnetic stripes — the hallmark of oceanic crust
formed at a mid-ocean ridge.
As magma at a mid-ocean ridge axis cools, magnetic minerals in the
newly forming rocks align with the direction of Earth’s magnetic field.
Changes in the magnetic field’s orientation over time are recorded in
the ocean floors, creating a unique barcode that provides a time stamp
for crust formation.
Granot used this principle to identify skewed patterns in the
magnetic stripes and thus date the oceanic crust in the Herodotus Basin.
He suggests that the crust might be a remnant of the ancient Tethys
Ocean, which existed long before the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. If
correct, this implies the ocean formed much earlier than previously