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A New Leaf

True to the introduction I have been experimenting on this site, but I have to confess it got away from me.  When I created a ScoopIt! curation site I connected it with this blog so all posts would appear here, too. Then I forgot I had done it. If you are still with me it may even be because for a while this blog was almost a proxy for ScoopIt! In any case I hope you enjoy those posts as much as I do.

But it’s time to resume my personal sharing and meandering. I hereby declare the ScoopIt! experiment a success and disconnected. I return to comments on my life and thoughts  with some obserations on air conditioning and tree trimming via this link: http://bit.ly/13fhs6m

If you miss the ScoopIt! posts as they scroll out of sight below you can find them all under both Facts and ScoopIt! in the menu at the top. And feel free to visit my complete curation site at  http://www.scoop.it/t/our-physical-world for many more fascinating posts!


10 Awe-Inspiring Weather Phenomena

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

There are reported cases of fish and frogs raining from the sky, as well as ice bombs attacking earthlings from above.

See on www.top10zen.com


Stunning map charts every river in U.S.

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

The U.S. is often thought of as a nation connected by roads—since the 1960s the Interstate Highway has defined American culture and led to untold economic prosperity. But a new map of the nation’s rivers tells a very different story.

See on www.digitaljournal.com


California’s biggest dam removal project in history begins in Carmel Valley

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

In a project that will be watched by engineers and biologists across the nation, construction crews today will begin a three-year, $84 million project to tear down the hulking San Clemente Dam in Californias largest dam-removal project ever.

See on www.mercurynews.com


Yosemite’s Iconic El Capitan Mapped in High-Resolution 3D

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

New geologic map helps scientists understand ancient volcano’s roots and contemporary rock falls.

See on news.nationalgeographic.com


A parched Syria turned to war, scholar says; Egypt may be next

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

Prof. Arnon Sofer sets out the link between drought, Assad’s civil war, and the wider strains in the Middle East; Jordan and Gaza are also in deep trouble, he warns

See on www.timesofisrael.com


Before and after: Tornado cuts devastating path through Oklahoma

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

Explore the Bing map, or Google map of Moore, Okla. More on the Oklahoma tornado:

See on photoblog.nbcnews.com


NWS – National Mosaic Enhanced Radar Image: Full Resolution Loop

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

Latest weather radar images from the National Weather Service

See on radar.weather.gov


An Underground Pool Drying Up

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

Portions of the High Plains Aquifer are rapidly being depleted by farmers who are pumping too much water to irrigate their crops, particularly in the southern half in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Levels have declined up to 242 feet in some areas, from predevelopment — before substantial groundwater irrigation began — to 2011.

See on www.nytimes.com


As coast erodes, names wiped off the map

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

For decades, south Louisiana residents have watched coastal landmarks disappear as erosion worsened and the Gulf of Mexico marched steadily inward.

See on www.houmatoday.com


Aral Sea Basin

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

“Dust blows from what was once the Aral Sea floor. Tragic mismanagement of a natural resource.”

See on twitter.com


Melting Glaciers Transform Alpine Landscape

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

Climate change is dramatically altering the Swiss Alps, where hundreds of bodies of water are being created by melting glaciers. Though the lakes can attract tourists and even generate electricity, local residents also fear catastrophic tidal waves.

See on www.spiegel.de


Night Sky Comes Alive With Aurora Borealis

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

“Peak season to spot rare, dazzling night skies over Canada and Alaska.”


Geocube

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

“Geocube is an attractive online resource about Geography. Geocube is based on the principle of the Rubik Cube with six faces and 54 topics. It is a virtual and easily accessible website which is available online for free. Move the Geocube around with your mouse and explore the faces and topics.Geocube provides an accessible way to read, see and watch what Geography is and geographers do.”


Dazzling Northern Lights Anticipated Saturday Night

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

“A solar flare that occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday morning may create a spectacular display of northern lights Saturday evening. The midlevel flare had a long duration and was directed at Earth.  Solar flares create auroras when radiation from the sun reaches Earth and interacts with charged protons in our atmosphere. The effects are greater at the magnetic poles and weaken as they move south from the Arctic or north of the Antarctic. In the northern hemisphere the results are called the aurora borealis, with the aurora australis being its southern counterpart. The result is a spectacular display of light and color for areas with clear enough views.”

See on www.accuweather.com


WomanStats Maps

See on Scoop.itToday’s Issues

“The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states. We comb the extant literature and conduct expert interviews to find qualitative and quantitative information on over 310 indicators of women’s status in 174 countries. Our Database expands daily, and access to it is free of charge.  Click here if you are a new to the project.”

Mary Rack‘s insight:

Amazing and thought-provoking.

See on womanstats.org


Top 10 Ways to Go Green this Holiday Season

See on Scoop.itGeography Education

10 ways to go green this holiday season. Zero Waste holiday tips from Eco-Cycle.

This infographic combined with these recommendations are some simple reminders that mass consumption and waste does not contribute to global joy or cheer.

See on ecocycle.org


Unnatural Landscapes

See on Scoop.itGeography Education

In a world where photoshop has made the unreal seem ordinary, these unearthly seemingly landscapes might seem likely fakes.  The world can be that extraordinary.  Pictured above is the “Door to Hell” in Turkmenistan.  Rich with natural gas, Soviets were drilling in 1971 when the drilling rig collapsed and left a huge (230 feet wide) hole.  In an attempt to stop gas leaks they hoped a fire would burn off any discharge, but it is still burning today.  Enjoy this gallery of 25 ‘unnatural’ images.

See on www.buzzfeed.com