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Kilian Schönberger’s “Earth Pyramids” of the Alps

South Tyrol wasn’t on my list of naturalist “must visit” places, but it is now thanks to some otherworldly imagery from Kilian Schönberger.Kilian is already well-known for his outstanding European … Continue Reading Kilian Schönberger’s “Earth Pyramids” of the Alps

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More Than 200 Minerals Are Inadvertent Byproducts of Human Activities

Ever since the early years of human civilization, the biodiversity of our planet has been profoundly influenced by human activities. This phenomenon (along with climate change, selective breeding and other human-derived evolutionary pressures, … Continue Reading More Than 200 Minerals Are Inadvertent Byproducts of Human Activities

Just Add Space Dust: How Solar Winds and Interplanetary Dust Combine to Form Water

Water can be considered special for any number of reasons.  Water provides a foundation (in more ways than one) for all life on this planet.  Water has a solid state … Continue Reading Just Add Space Dust: How Solar Winds and Interplanetary Dust Combine to Form Water

The Sublime Waitomo ‘Glowworm Grotto’

Note: This post features a few photos with unknown authors.  If you are aware of who took these photographs, please let me know in the Comments section below so I … Continue Reading The Sublime Waitomo ‘Glowworm Grotto’

How Sandstone Arches Form

Stress and pressure.  We all feel it from time to time and for humans, it’s typically perceived as destructive.  For sandstone arches, however, stress and pressure are indispensable formative elements.Until now, … Continue Reading How Sandstone Arches Form

The Lake Nyos Limnic Eruption Disaster

On the evening of August 21, 1986, the village of Lower Nyos in Cameroon was startled by a deep rumbling beneath nearby Lake Nyos.  Within an hour, approximately 1,700 nearby people would … Continue Reading The Lake Nyos Limnic Eruption Disaster

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