How does a hurricane come to be? What impact do these giant whirlwinds make on the global climate? It has only recently been established that over 80 percent of the hurricanes that slam the East Coast of the United States are first formed above the African savannah. In recent years researchers have uncovered increasing numbers of mysterious interactions between different natural phenomena. Now geophysicist Shimon Wdowinski from the University of Miami has discovered a truly astonishing connection: major storms can trigger massive earthquakes.
By: Christina Sarich
Watching television or most of main stream media, including newspapers and many Hollywood movies is very distasteful to us. The mindset that creates much, but not all, of the programming on television and in cinema is abhorrent. It makes people into commodities and promotes violence. It reduces our intelligence and numbs our natural empathetic response to someone in pain.
Nectar from lavender plants are used to make high quality honey. Lavender comes from the same family as mint. The scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitoes and other pests from the area. It is one of the most fragrant and highly versatile herbs that you can grow. As you may already know, lavender is used in essential oils, perfumes, in aromatherapy, in traditional herbal medicine and in the kitchen as a culinary herb.
“It’s a well known statistic that USD $400 million of funding for feasibility studies and master plans across sub-Saharan Africa would develop over USD $100 billion of infrastructure projects, which in turn would create a value of USD $1 trillion across africa. Increasing GDP on the continent by 2% and lifting 200 million people out of poverty.” – Ozwald Boateng, OBE
In Turkish “Pamukkale” means “cotton castle.” This natural site is located in Denizli Province in southwesternTurkey. Pamukkale’s terraces are made oftravertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. Although this picture of Pamukkale might look like it is cold and icy, the sight is quite deceptive.
Lake Kaindyis a 1,300 feet long lake in Kazakhstan that is nearly 30 meters deep in some areas.The lake was created after an earthquake in 1911 that triggered a large landslide forming a natural dam. Then rainwater filled the valley and created the lake. The water is said to be very cold there even in summer. But if you are fond of trout fishing, it is a great place to do it.
– Numerous stiff hairs are found growing between the pads of the toes and are probably an adaption of moving through soft sand.
– Adult caracals are usually solitary, but are sometimes seen cooperating in pairs.
– They produce a wide range of sounds — including growling, barking, hissing, purring, and ‘calling’.
– “Their home ranges are large in arid areas. Three males averaged 122.2 sq miles on Namibian ranchland. In northern Saudi Arabia, a radio-tracked male ranged over 100 to 431 sq miles in different seasons. In an agricultural area in Israel’s Negev Desert male home ranges averaged 85.2 sq miles. Home range size was positively correlated with body weight, and negatively correlated with prey availability. Male home ranges overlapped substantially (50%), and typically included those of several females. Two dispersals were observed: a male migrated 37 to 56 miles south before establishing a home range, whereas a female remained in the vicinity of her natal range, with her range partly overlapping that of her mother.”
– They can survive for long periods of time without drinking water — getting by entirely on the water found in the body of their prey.
– Caracals seem to have been of some religious significance to ancient Egyptians — the cats are often seen depicted in the wall paintings and sculptures of the period, as well as there being many embalmed bodies of the species still around.