Geo-Pict of the Day

16 08 2009

Another spectacular example from the Earth as Art series.


The Lena River, some 2,800 miles(4,500km) long, is one of the largest rivers in the world. The Lena Delta Reserve is the most extensive protected wilderness area in Russia. It is an important refuge and breeding grounds for many species of Siberian wildlife.

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Powerful quakes in Japan and Indian Ocean

11 08 2009

Earthquakes struck both Japan and India on August 10, 2009. Although tsunami warnings were initially announced they were later recscinded.

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Really on the Rocks

10 08 2009

If you are really serious about enjoying your drinks on the rocks, you might want to try out these soapstone “ice” cubes.

“Whiskey Stones” won’t dilute your drink because they do not melt. I haven”t tried them so I cannot tell you how well they work, but it’s certainly a novel idea. Remember to always drink responsibly — you don’t want to get stoned.  Available at Think Geek in packs of 8 with a drawstring bag.

FREE Days at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

8 08 2009

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (Colorado)––home to one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world––is waiving entrance fees on August 15-16, 2009. The name Florissant comes from a French word meaning “blooming” or “flowering.” Both modern and fossil flowers are found in Florissant, Colorado today.

Admission to the park will also be free on Saturday, August 22 in celebration of the park’s 40th anniversary. Ranger-led programs will be offered throughout the day, including a free seminar from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., The History of the Founding of Florissant Fossil Beds NM (teachers can receive credit, fees apply).

More information available on the park’s website.