Happy World Wetlands Day!

Written by charlie   
Monday, 02 February 2015 17:55
Every year on February 2nd, the signing of the Ramsar convention on Wetlands is celebrated. For readers unaware of Ramsar, it is a worlwide organization cooperating to protect wetlands through a nongovermental, nonbinding agreement. Member countries, over 160, share best practices and strive towards better international working relationships to protect and preserve wetlands. Every year has a new theme, and this years theme is "Wetlands for Our Future" - which in the face of global warming and sea level rise, has become more important. Check out Ramsar and worldwetlandsday.org for World Wetlands Day information and materials.
 
 

will'o'wisp

Written by charlie   
Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00
The will'o'wisp, is a unique phenomenon described as a flickering light floating or dancing hovering above a bog or marsh, continually out of reach. It straddles the worlds of folklore and science, mentioned worldwide, from the moors in Scotland throughout Asia and Africa. A will'o'wisp' reputation varies from the impish to ghoulish, depending on the culture and location. Some cultures describe then as spirits leading travelers astray, witches or simply as lost souls. However, its consistent appearance through the centuries lends credence to it being a real, if poorly exclaimed phenomenon. Scientists have surmised that its phosphorescence is due to marsh gases oxidizing (phosphine, diphosphine, and methane) or the luminescence of phosphine under perfect conditions, excited, but not aflame. Its recent cultural resurgence appearance is from the Disney movie Brave. Are they real? I don't know, but sometimes a good mystery deserves to remain unsolved. More info on Wikipedia here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will-o%27-the-wisp
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 18:08
 

Sinkhole swallows trees whole in Louisiana swamp

Written by charlie   
Saturday, 03 January 2015 14:50
A sinkhole created by a collapsed saltmine swallows trees whole in Louisiana swamp. Similar strange events have also happened in Lousiana, notably at Lake Peigneur in 1980 when a drilling accident collapsed a salt mine, sucking in 65 acres of land and draining a lake.
 
 
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