Crocs found going surfing…

In Global Perspectives by NM0 Comments

The largest living reptile is the saltwater estuarine crocodile, also known as ‘Salties,’ have recently been found ‘surfing’ around the South Pacific Islands. While Crocs are not well known as strong ocean swimmers and typically found lurking in shallows waters, how did these crocs manage to get across the huge expansion of water?  ‘Surfing.’ A group of Scientists, including Steve …

Cheese be coming round the mountain.

In Current Events, Global Perspectives by NM0 Comments

A 200 year old tradition of Cheese Rolling continued this year despite Police concerns that the event was becoming too crowded and too noisy. Competitors chase after a cheese weighing approximately 8lbs which is rolled down a steep (almost vertical) hill. The event takes place in Gloucester (pronounced Glosstur), a county in the south west of England famed for its …

Bald Eagle Big Brother on Santa Cruz Island

In Maps101 by NM2 Comments

A nesting family of Bald Eagles are the stars of the show via a live webcam from the Channel Islands. Just off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, the Channel Islands are a protected haven for thousands of species of wildlife under the watchful eye of the National Park Service. 2006 saw the first unaided hatch of a Bald Eagle …

Happy Birthday Golden Gate Bridge

In Maps101 by NM2 Comments

One of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge, was first opened on this day back in 1937. Spanning 1.7 miles of the San Francisco Bay in California, when it opened it was the longest span in the world, and is still the 9th longest today. Its famous burnt red color often confuses visitors who wonder why it …

30 Years after Mount St. Helens – Where does the danger now lie?

In Current Events, This Day in History by NM0 Comments

30 years ago today Mount St. Helens erupted causing devastation to the surrounding area. Local towns such as Ritzville, LaRue and Morton were covered with volcanic ash in various forms from sticky mudballs to black sand. Read this account in the Seattle times. Lives were lost and treasured wildlife destroyed in the immediate aftermath. But with 30 years of peace …

Great Journey West Begins…

In This Day in History by NM0 Comments

On May 14 1804, one year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana Purchase, the then President Thomas Jefferson dispatched Lewis and Clark on their historic quest to explore and map  the uncharted West. The journey is more than two men and than their story, its a famous event in US history that opened the Western United …

Gulf oil spill worsens…

In Current Events by NM0 Comments

As of today, the efforts to contain and clean up the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continue. The environmental concerns and long term effects that the spill has caused have yet to be fully determined.  A YouTube video that was  recently released  by the US coast guard shows the first underwater footage, and a close-up view of …

Maps and Much More

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Technology journalist Brian Nadel took some time out to review Maps101 following the addition of the new Bing Maps features, and liked what he found……

Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

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Like so much of the Gulf of Mexico, the after-effects of EarthDay appear to have been smothered by the awful disaster that occurred last week off the coast of Louisiana. The region’s fishermen are braced for the slick to hit Oyster and Shrimp stocks, while conservationists can only cross their fingers for the reserves that provide homes to local bird …