Category Archives: Earth

Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst

The punishing drought that has swept California is now threatening the state’s drinking water supply. With no sign of rain, 17 rural communities providing water to 40,000 people are in danger of running out within 60 to 120 days. State officials said that the number was likely to rise in the months ahead after the… Read More »

Blue Diamond ‘Worth Tens Of Millions’ Discovered

A massive diamond with a possible price tag of more than £36m has been discovered at a mine in South Africa. The 29.6 carat blue diamond, described as being “exceptional”, was dug up at the Cullinan mine near Pretoria – owned by Petra Diamonds. Chief executive Johan Dippenaar said: “The stones in the last year… Read More »

Giant Underwater Ice Balls in Lake Michigan

Visitors to the shores of Lake Michigan were greeted by an interesting sight this week, as waves lapped against hundreds of massive ice balls. The balls, or boulders, as some have called them, are formed when water from the lake begins to freeze and is pushed ashore by wave action, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jim… Read More »

Winnipeg deep freeze as cold as uninhabited planet

In terms of astonishing weather facts, it doesn’t get much more impressive than being as cold as a distant planet for a day.The Manitoba Museum is reporting Winnipeg’s temperatures on Tuesday were actually as cold as the surface of Mars. According to the Curiosity Rover, Mars reached a maximum temperature of -29 C on Tuesday,… Read More »

Vast Freshwater Reserves Discovered Under Ocean Floor

Massive reserves of “freshwater” are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world, including off Australia, China, North America and South Africa. This is the conclusion of a new study by a team of Australian scientists that appears in this week’s issue of the journal, Nature. Based on an analysis of seafloor water… Read More »

Video: Fjord of the Rings, A Large Spinning Circle of Ice in Sheyenne River, North Dakota

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6PKVsOZoI4 A rare and mysterious ice circle was discovered by retired engineer George Loegering, who spotted the ‘cool’ phenomena floating in the Sheyenne River in North Dakota this past weekend while vacationing with family. He estimates that the ice ring — rotating in the river “like a record turntable” — measured about 10 feet… Read More »

Mount Etna: volcano blows rings

These incredible pictures taken over Mount Etna show an unusual sequence of what appear to be smoke rings. Also known as vortex rings, they are actually an emission of steam and gas   via Mount Etna: volcano blows rings – in pictures | World news | theguardian.com.

Streams Below Fracking Wastewater Treatment Show Elevated Salts, Metals, Radioactivity

“Radium levels were about 200 times greater in sediment samples collected where the Josephine Brine Treatment Facility discharges its treated wastewater into Blacklick Creek than in sediment samples collected just upstream of the plant,” said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. The new Duke study… Read More »

The $1 billion mission to reach the Earth’s mantle

Humans have reached the moon and are planning to return samples from Mars, but when it comes to exploring the land deep beneath our feet, we have only scratched the surface of our planet. This may be about to change with a $1 billion mission to drill 6 km (3.7 miles) beneath the seafloor to… Read More »

Awesome giant hand/whale cloud over Lake Tahoe

There have been some awesome clouds up here at Lake Tahoe on this windy day. This one only lasted for about 2 minutes. I may be the only one who saw it, but I have proof… Giant hands that turn into whale shaped clouds are real! 😉 Great planet.

Earth to end in 1.7bn years

We’ve got 1.75 billion years before the planet becomes uninhabitable for humans, say scientists. That will give our descendants plenty of time to work on the real-life Star Trek technology — and relocate humanity to another planet. It may mean that moving to Mars will be our best chance of survival, according to a study… Read More »

How Leon Foucault taught us to watch the world spin

Leon Foucault and his pendulum demonstrated the turning of the Earth. Google honored the French physicist with an interactive doodle. It’s easy to forget that while you read this article, you and your computer screen are racing through space at a nearly unimaginable speed. The earth constantly rotates on its axis at 1,037 miles per… Read More »

Rare, menacing roll cloud moves across northern Virginia

On the leading edge of a cold front gliding through the D.C. metro region this morning, a scary-looking tube-shaped cloud stretched across the skies in northern Virginia. It ended up signaling mostly benign weather, in the form of some showers that followed its passage. This cloud type is known as a roll cloud or arcus… Read More »

US Navy Triples Funding For Clean Energy In Hawaii

The US Navy has just pumped $30 million into the Energy Excelerator, a funding agency for renewable energy start-ups in Hawaii. That triples the agency’s operating funding over the past three years, and it gives the ol’ Bronx cheer to certain legislators in Congress who have tried to cut funding for the Navy’s ambitious alternative… Read More »