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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.”

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World’s oldest oceanic crust found in Mediterranean Sea
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researcher says oceanic crust dates back 300 million years.

The 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 thought.