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The Fjords of Baffin Island

The Fjords of Baffin Island

Tiébélé, in the south of Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in west Africa Tiébélé is known for their amazing traditional Gourounsi architecture and elaborately decorated walls of their homes.

Wall decorating is always a community project done by the women,  a very ancient practice that dates from the sixteenth century AD.

Children at play in Burkina Faso

Children at play in Burkina Faso

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. ~ Rumi
From the Ottoman Empire

From the Ottoman Empire

Elephant trunk

Elephant trunk

The many Blue Doors of Chefchaouen Morocco

The many Blue Doors of Chefchaouen Morocco

Blue Streets of Chefchaouen Morocco

Blue Streets of Chefchaouen Morocco

Interesting facts about the Sonoran Desert:
The key to the Sonoran Desert’s climate is the amount of rainfall which falls. More rain falls on the Sonoran Desert than any other desert.
This is the hottest of North American deserts, but a distinctly bimodal rainfall pattern produces a high biological diversity.
The Sonoran Desert is home to 60 species of mammals, more than 350 kinds of birds, 20 amphibians, around 100 reptiles and over 2000 native species of plants.
It contains a variety of unique and endemic plants and animals, such as the Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) and Organ Pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi).
When the desert is windy, the sand gets picked up and tossed around which creates a sand storm or if the wind is blowing in a certain kind of way, it creates a whirlwind or dust devil.
Water accumulated by the mountains drains into rivers that cross the desert, creating corridors of riparian vegetation even during dry times of the year.
Many plants not only survive, but thrive in the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert. Many have evolved to have specialized adaptations to the desert climate. The Sonoran Desert’s biseasonal rainfall pattern results in more plant species than in the other North America deserts. The Sonoran Desert includes plant genera and species from the agave family, palm family, cactus family, legume family, and numerous others.
The seasons are like any other. Spring is a time when flowers bloom if the winter and fall had enough rain that year. There is summer and in the summer it rains the most and that helps summer flowers grow. Then fall comes with a cooler breeze, which lets the deserts summer heat wear away. Winter brings snow to the mountains and cold air to the desert valley.

Interesting facts about the Sonoran Desert:

  • The key to the Sonoran Desert’s climate is the amount of rainfall which falls. More rain falls on the Sonoran Desert than any other desert.
  • This is the hottest of North American deserts, but a distinctly bimodal rainfall pattern produces a high biological diversity.
  • The Sonoran Desert is home to 60 species of mammals, more than 350 kinds of birds, 20 amphibians, around 100 reptiles and over 2000 native species of plants.
  • It contains a variety of unique and endemic plants and animals, such as the Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) and Organ Pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi).
  • When the desert is windy, the sand gets picked up and tossed around which creates a sand storm or if the wind is blowing in a certain kind of way, it creates a whirlwind or dust devil.
  • Water accumulated by the mountains drains into rivers that cross the desert, creating corridors of riparian vegetation even during dry times of the year.
  • Many plants not only survive, but thrive in the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert. Many have evolved to have specialized adaptations to the desert climate. The Sonoran Desert’s biseasonal rainfall pattern results in more plant species than in the other North America deserts. The Sonoran Desert includes plant genera and species from the agave family, palm family, cactus family, legume family, and numerous others.
  • The seasons are like any other. Spring is a time when flowers bloom if the winter and fall had enough rain that year. There is summer and in the summer it rains the most and that helps summer flowers grow. Then fall comes with a cooler breeze, which lets the deserts summer heat wear away. Winter brings snow to the mountains and cold air to the desert valley.
The Golden Pheasant or “Chinese Pheasant”, is a gamebird of the order Galliformes and the family Phasianidae.

The Golden Pheasant or “Chinese Pheasant”, is a gamebird of the order Galliformes and the family Phasianidae.

An exceedingly rare blue-colored red king crab was caught in Norton Sound, Alaska on the fourth of July, and ended up making its rounds as a sort of tourist attraction.
Commercial crabber Frank McFarland discovered the unique crab in one of the pots set down from his boat, The Nome Nugget. McFarland stored the crab at the Norton Sound Seafood Center in Nome, Alaska for two weeks, where it was visited daily by crab enthusiasts who wanted to snap a photo with it.

An exceedingly rare blue-colored red king crab was caught in Norton Sound, Alaska on the fourth of July, and ended up making its rounds as a sort of tourist attraction.

Commercial crabber Frank McFarland discovered the unique crab in one of the pots set down from his boat, The Nome Nugget. McFarland stored the crab at the Norton Sound Seafood Center in Nome, Alaska for two weeks, where it was visited daily by crab enthusiasts who wanted to snap a photo with it.

kqedscience:

Sixth-Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists"When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.
Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. The invasive species has no predators on the Florida coast, so if they were to migrate upstream in rivers, they could pose a threat to the ecosystem.”

Learn more from NPR.

kqedscience:

Sixth-Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

"When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.

Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. The invasive species has no predators on the Florida coast, so if they were to migrate upstream in rivers, they could pose a threat to the ecosystem.”
Learn more from NPR.
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