Spring's Contradictions, Devastating and Beautiful
Credit: NPS, Michael Quinn
Spring's arrival, both beautiful and terrifying, begin our choices this week.
Pictured here, the first flowers are beginning to appear along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Two of the first flowers are Fendler's pennycress or wild candytuft (Noccaea montana) and dwarf lousewort or wood-betony (Pedicularis centranthera), seen in the image above at left and right, respectively.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image created by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon.
The rugged mountains of northeastern Oman, on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, are bone dry, yet these peaks once lay beneath the bottom of…Read More »
The rocks exposed in the Oman Mountains used to lie in Earth's interior, at the boundary between crust and the mantle, but when an ancient ocean narrowed and closed, the colossal geological forces at work also thrust the ancient seafloor skyward, according to a NASA statement.
In recent weeks, the Belfast Zoo has welcomed two new baby Eastern bongos, a critfically endangered antelope species.
Eastern bongos are native to the mountain forests of Kenya, and are endangered by hunting and increasing rates of deforestation. The Bongo Surveillance Programme estimates that there could be as few as 75 to140 individuals left in the wild.
Credit: Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic.
James Cameron's deep-diving team has been keeping busy.
Just days after the filmmaker plunged more than 35,756 feet (10,890 meters) into the Pacific Ocean to the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on Earth, his team piloted Cameron's innovative submersible to yet another deep-sea spot.
This time, members of the expedition took Cameron's lime-green Deepsea Challenger to a depth of 3,600 feet (1,100 meters) off the coast of the tiny island of Ulithi, part of Micronesia.