Posts Tagged ‘Phenomenons

15
Feb
12

‘Cloud Tsunami’ rolls over Florida high-rise condos

What a beautiful phenomenon

See the rest of the photos taken from a helicopter at http://tinyurl.com/7shpfoo

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11
Feb
12

Supergiant’ shrimplike creatures found off New Zealand

Mmmmm — tasty. Just kidding.

An expedition to one of the deepest places in the ocean has discovered one of the most enigmatic creatures in the deep sea – the ‘supergiant’ amphipod. Amphipods are a type of crustacean which are particularly common in the deep sea and are found in greater numbers the deeper you explore.  Typically deep sea amphipods are 2 to 3 centimetres long with the exception of the slightly larger ‘giant’ amphipod found in Antarctica which grows to 10cm. But scientists have discovered a ‘supergiant’ amphipod in waters north of New Zealand which dwarfs the Antarctic ‘giant’. The newly captured specimen measures 28 cm – nearly ten times that of ‘normal’ amphipods. A ‘supergiant’ estimated at 34cm was also caught on film.

‘Supergiant’ is a term coined by American scientists in the early 1980s after a few large specimens were caught off the Hawaiian Islands.   Despite a few infrequent findings in the 1970s, the supergiant amphipod has not been reported since and has faded into the realms of rare and mysterious deep sea creatures, until now. These new sightings and specimens captured represent both the biggest whole specimen of supergiant ever caught and the deepest point these have ever been found.

Article by Oceanlab
Video on CNN

12
Nov
11

Paso Robles Capybara: Giant mystery rodent identified in California.

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Not a stupid rodent, seems happy with his lifestyle on the Central Coast.

06
Jun
09

Marfa Mystery Lights

from Travel & Leisure – the tradition that has come to define the city most is not even explainable. Every September a festival celebrates the Marfa Mystery Lights. Just outside town, at a certain bend in Route 90, you can stand on the side of the road in the desert and, looking south toward Mexico, see fleeting visions of light that flash about in the sky. First recorded in 1881 by a young cowboy named Robert P. Ellison, who was tending a herd of cattle and thought he had spotted the campfires of Apache Indians, the lights—still unaccounted for by science—appear and disappear, and seem to divide and travel in the night sky. Near the viewing site where you can best see the Marfa Mystery Lights, a plaque explains why they cannot be physically located: The flickering lights are “an unusual phenomenon similar to a miracle where atmospheric conditions produced by the interaction of cold and warm layers of air blend together so it can be seen from afar but not up close. The mystery of the lights will remain unsolved.”




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