Blue sea slug image from Treehugger article “10 marine species on the brink of mass extinction due to ocean acidification.” Image credit: “lostandcold.”
Beautiful marine species, beautifully captured. But each is at risk of extinction, according to the Treehugger slide show, “10 marine species on the brink of mass extinction due to ocean acidification.” According to author David DeFranza, “Adding carbon to the atmosphere contributes to global warming and climate change. Another less-discussed impact is ocean acidification — whereby carbon molecules diffuse into the ocean from the atmosphere, causing a steady rise in acidity.”
What can we do to make a difference? Check out this U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Ocean Acidification Program article, aptly titled “What Can We do about Ocean Acidification?“
Posted in beautiful, educational, fascinating, Nature, NOT neato, oceans, Photography, science
Tagged extinction, marine species, NOAA, photography, Treehugger
A while back, my brother owned a used bookstore called Applegarth Books. It’s closed now. When it was first starting up, I built a small website for it, and used the following two clip-art images. I’m posting them here because, well, I think they’re pretty neato… I just wish I could cite the artist and original source. Anyone?
This just seemed to fit with a Merlin/Camelot-themed bookstore. I really like the lighting and colors. Click on the image to make it larger.
Merlin’s wine. Applegarth was Merlin’s retreat, according to legend. Click on the image for an expanded view.
I met someone yesterday who is planning to move to Costa Rica from Colorado. Wow! What a big change! That made me think more about my trip there in June 2013, and I’ve decided to re-post a few of my favorite pictures (click on them for a closer view) from my “First Trip to Costa Rica – Post 3” because I’m not sure how many folks have actually seen those photos (I set it up as a gallery, and it hasn’t gotten many hits). So, here you go:
Human and Capuchin interface via iPhone. Photo by keagiles.
We had the most magnificent rainstorm/thunderstorm — shook the windows! This is after the storm. Photo by keagiles.
That bark is batty! Photo by keagiles.
Capuchin (white-faced) monkey among the mangroves near Isla Las Damas, Costa Rica.
Photo by keagiles.
I had a little fun at the Idaho Public Aquarium while visiting my 99-year-old aunt in Boise. It was raining, she was sleeping — so I found this diversion. What a lot of fun in a little building! They even have three types of “touch tanks,” and I got to pet a stingray.
And a stingray too! Photo by keagiles.
Beautiful wrinkles. Iguana portrait by keagiles.
Bear Creek in Boulder, Colorado, USA, pushed more than 10 times past its normal limits due to flooding in Boulder County in September 2013. Photo by keagiles.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, September is National Preparedness Month. I’m not sure what Boulder County could have done to prepare for the deluge of rain that fell in the area over just a few days this September. But I AM sure that we have learned a good deal about what folks did right and what can be done to prepare for future extreme events.
(Note: This post falls into my “not neato” category, even though I find learning from the past to be very neato.)
Posted in Nature, NOT neato, science
Tagged Boulder, Boulder Daily Camera, Colorado, deluge, disaster, flood, remediation, September, USGS