Lady Darwin
2 February 2013 @ 5:15 PM
tags:
#nature

(Source: s2cristina)

1 year ago via dealanexmachina (originally s2cristina)
7 September 2012 @ 10:28 AM

sciencepopularis:

sciencesoup:

Doomsday Vault

Deep within an Arctic mountain lies a vault that has been dubbed the “Noah’s Ark” of biological diversity. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located in a remote Norwegian archipelago 1,000 km from the North Pole, and it has the capacity to store 4.5 million individual seeds of all crop types from countries all around the world. It aims to protect them from both natural and man-made disasters—global warming, diseases, nuclear warfare, earthquakes, and even asteroids. The frigid, out-of-the-way location makes it ideal for protection: the region has low tectonic activity, and the vault’s temperatures are kept at –18 degrees Celsius so the seeds can be preserved for thousands of years. It might not seem like a big deal, but preserving seed samples is crucial—their raw genetic materials may one day be needed to adapt crops to endure climate change, droughts, and other catastrophes, and thus secure the global food supply. There are 1,400 seed vaults in the world, but Svalbard is considered one of the most protected areas, and so provides back-up should the others be damaged—war has already wiped out seed banks in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a typhoon flooded one in the Phillipines. The Svalbard bank, however, boasts blast-proof doors, an airlock, and 130m of Arctic mountain to protect the precious seed samples—not to mention the polar bears prowling outside.

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I hope armoured bears are keeping watch in Svalbard.

1 year ago via sciencepopularis (originally sciencesoup)
2 September 2012 @ 4:15 PM
1 year ago via kit-cloudkicker (originally divination)
20 May 2012 @ 5:14 PM
theanimalblog:

A brown booby perching on an Olive Ridley sea turtle near Los Cobanos beach.  Photograph: Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images

theanimalblog:

A brown booby perching on an Olive Ridley sea turtle near Los Cobanos beach.  Photograph: Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images

1 year ago via theanimalblog (originally theanimalblog)
6 May 2012 @ 5:06 PM
tags:
#space
#nature

scientistintraining:

I <3 fiddle heads and ammonites.

1 year ago via noellejt (originally infinity-imagined)
17 April 2012 @ 7:28 PM
tags:
#nature
#trees
2 years ago via forcatladies (originally thewickweird)
16 April 2012 @ 10:37 AM
tags:
#nature
2 years ago via secret-sarahmonials (originally kass4ndra)
12 April 2012 @ 11:06 AM
theworldwelivein:

Mesa Arch Sunburst, Canyonlands National Park, Utah© Wilderness Photographer

theworldwelivein:

Mesa Arch Sunburst, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
© Wilderness Photographer

2 years ago via crownedrose (originally theworldwelivein)
8 April 2012 @ 8:37 PM
stressface:

For those who think ice is all the same: think again. At the poles, ice takes many forms—from shiny “grease ice” on the sea surface to mile-thick ice sheets that cover entire continents.
In this photo, pancake ice forms when flat chunks of ice are battered into rounds by wave action.  Read more about ice here.

stressface:

For those who think ice is all the same: think again. At the poles, ice takes many forms—from shiny “grease ice” on the sea surface to mile-thick ice sheets that cover entire continents.

In this photo, pancake ice forms when flat chunks of ice are battered into rounds by wave action.  Read more about ice here.

2 years ago via crownedrose (originally stressface)
8 April 2012 @ 12:22 PM
tags:
#nature
#history

Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee, 1920-30
Source: retronaut

Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee, 1920-30

Source: retronaut

(Source: oldfishingphotos)

2 years ago via mrsbeaverton (originally oldfishingphotos)