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  • Black Lives Matters’ Climate Change Agenda Reveals National Ambitions(?)

    12/14/2015 7:12:40 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/13/2015 | Lee Stranahan
    Don't take my word for it, though-here's how Black Lives Matter ties into what the left calls "environmental justice." Another activist on the Mall, Dominque Hazzard, a member of the Black Youth Project 100, said, "The Black Lives Matter and the Climate and Justice movements are totally connected because, around the world, climate change is disproportionately impacting people of color and the working class. "The movement is about ending state sanctioned violence against black people," Hazzard said.
  • The Demand for Sand is so High There are Illegal Sand Mining Operations

    06/23/2015 1:28:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Smithsonian's Smart News ^ | June 23, 2015 | Marissa Fessenden
    Sand isn't just for beaches. The tiny grains show up in many products of the industrialized world: in the glass and concrete that build cities, in detergents and cosmetics that people use daily, and in the silicon chips and solar panels of advanced technology. But sand comes from rocks that take thousands of years to erode into fine particles, and humans are using it faster than they should, reports Autumn Spanne for Mental Floss. The clamor for sand is so great in fact, that organized crime has sprung up around sand mining. On the fringes of Bannerghatta National Park in...
  • Have you ever seen kinetic sand? [video only]

    09/27/2013 6:32:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 9-26-2013 | Waba Fun
    A new type of play sand for inside.
  • And to think God thinks of us more than there are grains of sand - Great pics & Video at link

    03/27/2013 10:26:12 AM PDT · by illiac · 5 replies
    Inspiration green ^ | Unknown | Inspirationgreen
    At the Beach Sand grains magnified 110-250 times reveal each grain is unique. grains of sand The tip of a spiral shell has broken off and become a grain of sand. After being repeatedly tumbled by action of the surf this spiral sand grain has become opalescent in character. It is surrounded by bits of coral, a pink shell fragment, a foram (a type of protozoa) and volcanic material. Photo copyright Dr. Gary Greenberg.
  • Caption this picture

    09/03/2012 4:41:17 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 63 replies
    Just doing what cats do naturally!
  • Sand trains stir up dust in St. Paul neighborhood [Minnesotans afraid of sand]

    06/26/2012 10:24:27 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 29 replies
    Minneapolkis Star Tribune ^ | June 26, 2012 - 12:08 PM | CHAO XIONG
    Residents are uneasy over potential health risks posed by silica. Open train cars filled with sand have raised alarm in St. Paul's St. Anthony Park neighborhood, where some residents wonder if the silica that comprises 80 percent of the unprocessed sand is safe. The cars, which often are parked in a rail yard sandwiched between homes and an industrial zone, are appearing on a more regular basis since an oil boom has increased the demand for the sand for its hydrofracking operations. BNSF Railway Co., which transports the sand, and Minnesota Commercial Railway representatives said the trains are carrying wet...
  • Masters patron charged in sand trap theft

    04/09/2012 1:06:21 PM PDT · by rawhide · 34 replies
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | 4-9-12 | Bianca Cain Johnson
    A 40-year-old Masters patron was arrested Sunday after, police said, he attempted to steal sand from the sand trap. Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said Clayton Price Baker, of Ohio, slipped under the ropes following the tournament and attempted to put the sand in his cup. After a short foot chase by Augusta National security and sheriff’s deputies, Baker was apprehended and charged with disorderly conduct. Gay said Baker, who was drinking heavily at the time of the incident, was unsuccessful at getting any of the sand in his cup
  • Natural gas, oil boom spurs sand mining in Midwest

    01/05/2012 2:26:36 PM PST · by crusty old prospector · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | STEVE KARNOWSKI
    CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — The rolling hills and scenic bluffs of western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota hide a valuable resource that has sparked what's been called a modern-day gold rush. The object of desire is not gold but a soft sandstone needed by drilling companies to unlock underground natural gas and oil supplies in a controversial practice called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Largely overlooked in the national debate over fracking is the emerging fight in the U.S. heartland over mining "frac sand," which has grains of ideal size, shape, strength and purity. Mining companies say the work provides good...
  • Camp Lejeune Marines to Libya

    03/23/2011 6:32:13 AM PDT · by DesScorp · 26 replies
    ABC News 12, WCTI ^ | 3-20-2011 | Shumuriel Ratiff
    We've seen Camp Lejuene marines in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they are joining the fight against Libya. 2200 marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, or 26th MEU will take part. Their mission is to help end the violence directed at the Libyan people. "In Libya right now they are doing exactly what we need them to do. They are doing what they are told and right now that's protecting Libyan people against Qadhafi forces," said Captain Timothy Patrick, a marine with the 26th MEU. A press release from the 26th MEU reads, in part: "Protecting the innocent and...
  • Army Cuts the Velcro

    06/16/2010 8:31:42 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 26 replies · 550+ views
    Yahoo Buzz ^ | June 16, 2010 | Mike Krumboltz
    In a move that has the Web buzzing, the U.S. Army has decided to banish Velcro from uniform pants and bring back buttons. Replacing the fastener on uniforms isn't your traditional front-page news, but the shift has captured the attention of many. A buzzy article from USA Today explains that soldiers told their superiors that the Velcro's stickiness was being affected by the sand of the Afghanistan desert. Pockets weren't staying shut. The Army surved 2,700 soliders, and 60% of them said they would prefer buttons for their cargo pockets (only 11% wanted to "stick" with Velcro). Authorities listened, and...
  • Drunk Marathon Man Caught Swiping Sand: Cops

    04/19/2010 12:16:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies · 1,074+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | 4/19/10 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    Sand thief trapped when truck gets stuckLife's a beach for the South Florida man who police said tried to steal a truckload of sand at Coco Plum Beach in Marathon. Brian Splain, 46, was arrested around 9 p.m. Sunday after Monroe County Sheriff's deputies found his Ford F-150 truck stuck on the shore and loaded down with sand, according to a police report. Officers found a large hole nearby where the sand had evidently been dug out, the report said. Splain told the officers he needed the sand for some sort of job he was doing, and that he went...
  • Underwear, Mountain Of Sand Angers Neighbors

    03/05/2010 8:37:25 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 40 replies · 2,007+ views
    WFTV ^ | March 5, 2010 | WFTV
    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- A home in Volusia County is sparking outrage Friday. A homeowner has strung up women's underwear and built mountains of sand in the back and neighbors are desperate for help.
  • Mexico shuts Cancun beach, alleges sand was stolen

    07/31/2009 9:25:05 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies · 758+ views
    AP ^ | July 31, 2009 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY – Surprised tourists found their little piece of Cancun beach paradise ringed by crime-scene tape and gun-toting sailors on Thursday. Environmental enforcement officers backed by Mexican navy personnel closed off hundreds of feet (dozens of meters) of powder-white coastline in front of a hotel accused of illegally accumulating sand on its beach. Mexico spent $19 million to replace Cancun beaches washed away by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. But much of the sand pumped from the sea floor has since washed away, leading some property owners to build breakwaters in a bid to retain sand. The practice often merely...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, October 5-11, 2008: Namibia Sands

    10/09/2008 6:06:07 AM PDT · by cogitator · 16 replies · 696+ views
    Absolute Namibia ^ | Frantisek Staud
    One more week for the "art" theme, this time the desert and coastal landscape of Namibia, again from Frantisek Staud.
  • Last Panay Incident survivor dies at 95 (Sand Pebbles)

    09/05/2008 7:42:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 27 replies · 532+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Fon B. Huffman, the last survivor from the international Panay Incident of 1937, died Thursday, his family announced. Huffman, born in 1913, celebrated his 95th birthday on Aug. 19. He died peacefully in his sleep at noon in Hacienda Rehabilitation and Care Center. His daughter, Nancy Ferguson, was by his side. The Iowa farm boy who joined the Navy at age 16 was a 24-year-old sailor aboard the USS Panay when it was attacked near Nanking, China, on Dec. 12, 1937, by Imperial Japanese warplanes. In those days, the American gunboat, part of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet,...
  • Chippewa County Residents Draw a Line in the Sand

    06/12/2008 1:28:24 PM PDT · by Ladysmith · 21 replies · 111+ views
    WQOW TV-18 ^ | June 11, 2008
    A number of Chippewa County residents are drawing a line in the sand when it comes to a sand mine. As we first reported two weeks ago, a Canadian company is looking to build a sand processing plant in the Town of Howard. If a permit is approved, the sand mine will operate for 40 years. During that time, it's estimated 60 to 90 trucks will haul 16 hours a day in the summer and ten hours a day in the winter. That's why a committee has been formed to stop construction. Kasey Schindler, the Stop Mine Committee spokesperson says,...
  • Radioactive sand coming to Idaho from Kuwait

    05/02/2008 9:58:47 AM PDT · by Domandred · 33 replies · 271+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 5/2/2008 | Jessie Bonner
    Nearly 80 rail cars loaded with contaminated sand from Kuwait are headed toward a dump in southwestern Idaho. American Ecology Corp. is shipping about 6,700 tons of sand containing traces of depleted uranium and lead to a hazardous waste disposal site 70 miles southeast of Boise. The sand arrived by ship at Longview, Wash., this week and company officials say loads are scheduled to begin arriving in Idaho by rail in two weeks. Transfer of the sand to the United States was first reported this week by The Daily News in Longview. The company has previously disposed of low-level radioactive...
  • Forecasting Tsunami Threats Through Layers of Sand and Time

    03/19/2008 2:45:31 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 475+ views
    Newswise ^ | 3-19-2008 | Dalhousie University
    Forecasting Tsunami Threats Through Layers of Sand and Time Map Of The Bay Of Bengal The catastrophic Indian Ocean event in December 2004 that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries – including 15,000 in India – was hardly a one freak occurrence. It could happen again. Newswise — Azhii peralai: from the deep … large waves. This is the expression for ‘tsunami’ in Tamil, the oldest language in southern India. For an ancient dialect to have its own phrase for destructive waves triggered by earthquakes, the people of Tamil Nadu likely experienced tsunamis periodically through the centuries, says Halifax...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, January 20-26, 2008: Colorado's Great Sand Dunes from Space

    01/22/2008 9:47:58 AM PST · by cogitator · 5 replies · 171+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | January 2008 | NASA
    I know that I've provided previous images of Great Sand Dunes both from space and on the ground. But when I saw this one, I knew it was the one for this week. What it shows very nicely is why the sand dunes are where they are -- winds blow across the Rio Grande valley through the pass in the Sangre de Cristo range, and the sand carried by the winds has to stop at the base of the mountains. The gap in the mountains is fairly easily seen in this image. I actually had a view from a fairly...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, October 7-13, 2007: Abstract Sand

    10/11/2007 10:05:23 AM PDT · by cogitator · 5 replies · 229+ views
    A few images of sand dunes, artistically-viewed: Click on this one for full-size:

    09/19/2007 6:21:13 PM PDT · by The Drowning Witch · 9 replies · 99+ views
    self | 9/19/07 | The Drowning Witch
    My thread title says it all. My FRiends, we have turn the Middle East's black gold back into sand; sorta like anti-alchemy. And the fact that it took me 6 years after 9/11 to come to that metaphor should be a TON of fun for ya'll to make fun of me. I put it on a tee for you.....so have at it. Oh. and if anyone has any ideas on how to make 10 trillion barrels of oil worthless....please say so. No reason to turn the WHOLE thread into a joke at my expense.
  • Why We Serve: Sailor Trades Sea for Sand

    08/10/2007 5:00:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 417+ views
    Why We Serve ^ | Meghan Vittrup
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2007 – While working as a nuclear repair mechanic for the Navy, Caleb Duke traded sea for sand when he volunteered to take on an Army position that took him to Afghanistan. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb S. Duke is an eight year veteran of the United States Navy and is currently serving as part of the Why We Serve speakers program. Defense Dept. photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In 1998, at the age 20, Scranton, Pa., native Caleb Duke enlisted in the Navy. “I wanted to be a part of something bigger...
  • Sand More Deadly Than Sharks at Beach

    06/21/2007 8:41:24 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 21 replies · 1,003+ views
    AP?Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 20, 2007 | MIKE STOBBE
    Waves and sharks aren't the only dangers at the beach. More than two dozen young people have been killed over the last decade when sand holes collapsed on them, report father-and-son doctors who have made warning of the risk their personal campaign. Since 1985, at least 20 children and young adults in the United States have died in beach or backyard sand submersions. And at least eight others died in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, according to a letter from the doctors published in this week's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Among them was Matthew...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, November 19-25, 2006: Mask Rock and Turkey Rock(s)

    11/20/2006 1:14:02 PM PST · by cogitator · 27 replies · 371+ views
    Mining the Natural Arch and Bridge Society site for fun found this: "Mask Rock is located in the Ouadi Archei region of Ennedi [Chad] about 39 kilometers SSE of Fada. The left opening has a span of 36 feet and a height of 57 feet. The right opening has a span of 27 feet and a height of 50 feet. Photo by Gunter Welz." Just for the heck of it, Googling on "Turkey Rock" discovered this, apparently somewhere around Aspen (Independence Pass, wherever that is): Another Web site, mostly written in Czechoslovakian, calls the images below Turkey Rock and Turkey...
  • Song of the siren(Sand Dunes Create Sound)

    06/30/2006 11:33:43 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 9 replies · 855+ views
    Mumbai Mirror ^ | 30 June 2006 | AFP
    For years desert nomads have spoken of the haunting songs of sirens which lure travellers to a waterless doom. Now, a French scientist has replicated the effect in his lab using grains of sand A strange sound rises from the cinnamon-coloured sand: a deep, almost hypnotic rhythm. It could almost be the chanting of Tibetan monks, yet the setting is rigorous and clinical – the laboratory of French physicist Stephane Douady, where a robot arm is pushing small, precisely measured amounts of sand down a plexiglass ring. Douady is a leading expert in a very narrow field. He is investigating...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, June 18-24, 2006: Kilauea Vent and Sand Boil Challenge

    06/21/2006 1:38:28 PM PDT · by cogitator · 11 replies · 589+ views
    Active lava pond in the East Pond Vent, Pu'u O'o, Kilauea, Hawaii: CHALLENGE: Find a good picture of a freshwater spring sand boil. This is where the water of a spring is emerging from a sandy bottom, and the sand "boils" where the water flow is strongest. Example: The white area is a sand boil in a Florida freshwater spring. What I need is a high-quality close-up example of this for a demonstration. (Not critical, but it would be helpful.)
  • Geology Picture of the Week, May 7-13, 2006: A New Perspective on Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

    05/08/2006 12:17:53 PM PDT · by cogitator · 5 replies · 301+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | May 5, 2006 | GeoEye
    I know I've posted pictures of this place before, but the full-size version of this picture (unlabeled) gives me a weirdly vertiginous feeling. The source article is linked above; a click on the picture below will go to the full-size version. For those who haven't heard before, Medano Creek has a strange property (when it's flowing, mainly in the spring) due to the sandy bed; it pulsates. The sand bed constantly builds up little dams and bars, that break down with the water flow, sending waves downstream. An Ocean in Colorado? (note link to cartoon animation) Here's a nice picture...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, April 30-May 7, 2005: Frigid Sand Dunes

    05/01/2006 12:47:20 PM PDT · by cogitator · 5 replies · 588+ views
    This started as a question to myself: "I wonder if there are sand dunes in northern climates?" Googling on "sand dunes" + Canada revealed another heretofore unknown (at least to me) geological location -- Athabasca Sand Dunes in Saskatchewan. I've heard of Athabasca before in association with tar sands, but this is a the first time I'd heard of a provincial Athabasca Sand Dunes Park. The Web site says that is only accessible by air. So I'm guessing not a lot of people have been there or visit there. Since this is very new to me and perhaps others, first...
  • Out Of The Sand

    03/11/2006 4:30:58 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 436+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-11-2006 | Rory McCarthy
    Out of the sand It was built in 1504, but abandoned 13 years later and left to crumble. Now, after a huge restoration project, Yemen's Amiriya palace is considered the world's most beautiful mosque. By Rory McCarthy Saturday March 11, 2006 The Guardian (UK) Amiriya palace ... the exterior during restoration and (right) paintings inside one of the domes. Photographs: Yahya Arhab/EPA There is a photograph of a small town in Yemen taken a century ago by a German photographer called Hermann Burchardt. It is one in a series of remarkable pictures taken during an expedition through the southern tip...
  • Maui May Be Running Out of Sand

    02/13/2006 8:44:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 219+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/13/06 | AP
    WAILUKU, Hawaii - Maui may be running out of sand, threatening not only its famous year-round beaches but the state's booming construction industry. Sources of readily available sand may run out within five to seven years, according to a report being prepared for Maui County. The vast system of sand dunes from Waihee to Waikapu has largely been covered by development, and what's left is being mined, the report says. Maui sand is in high demand because it's a key ingredient in concrete and the only material now available for beach restoration projects. About 318,000 tons of sand are dug...
  • Oil shale energy experiments set in West

    01/18/2006 3:38:29 PM PST · by thackney · 48 replies · 1,113+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Jan. 18, 2006 | Assoicated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY - Heralding oil shale as “a domestic resource with staggering potential,” the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has selected the first companies likely to earn a chance to start exploiting federal lands in Colorado and Utah. BLM Director Kathleen Clarke announced the bureau had narrowed a field of 16 contenders for experimental projects, choosing six companies that, subject to environmental reviews, could be awarded leases to work 160-acre parcels of federal land by summer. Taking direction from President Bush's Energy Act, Clarke said the reserves contain a 100-year domestic supply of oil, although it's locked up in...
  • Geology Pictures of the 2 Weeks: Nov 20 - Dec 3, 2005: Hollywood's Dunes, Sand Hills, MISR Mystery

    11/28/2005 10:25:37 AM PST · by cogitator · 6 replies · 381+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | Various | NASA
    Off for Thanksgiving week, back with an Earth Observatory three-fer. Click each picture for the article about it. On the nature side, I saw an owl on Saturday as twilight approached. Probably only the third live wild owl sighting of my lifetime. Number one: the Algodones dune field in California, which has starred in many Hollywood movies (not just Star Wars). I'm sure that the dune-walking sequence in "Kung Fu" was shot here, and many, many westerns. Number two: the Sand Hills of Nebraska. Sand Hills from the ground (I couldn't find a high-quality Sand Hills picture, but nature photographers...
  • U.S. probes Afghan body desecration charges

    10/19/2005 3:42:00 PM PDT · by minus_273 · 8 replies · 488+ views
    msnbc ^ | 10/19/05 | By Jim Miklaszewski
    The Army tells NBC News its Criminal Investigation Division is looking into an Australian broadcast report with video that allegedly shows U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan burning the bodies of two Taliban fighters, then using the incident to taunt Taliban forces. SBS, an Australian public broadcast network, aired the story Wednesday night. U.S. Army officials confirm that a free-lance cameraman working for the network was embedded with the 82nd Airborne at the time of the alleged body burning. According to the network report, one American, one Afghan soldier and two Taliban fighters were killed in a firefight near the village of...
  • Sand Sharks back from Iraq

    09/30/2005 6:14:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 2,097+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sep 30, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Robert L. Botkin
    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. (Sept. 15, 2005) -- The main body of Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 returned to the station Sept. 8 after a seven-month deployment to Al Anbar Province of Iraq. The Marines and sailors arrived at 6 a.m. at Hangar 220, where a crowd of family and friends, including Marines from the two MWSS-371 advance parties that returned Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, greeted them. During the deployment, MWSS-371 performed all of the standard duties of a wing support squadron, including heavy equipment operation, motor transportation, aircraft rescue and firefighting, weather services, expeditionary airfield operations,...
  • Martian dunes hide water secret

    09/05/2005 1:52:00 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies · 645+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/5/05 | Olivia Johnson
    Sands dunes on Mars imaged by MGS (Nasa) Sands dunes: Another part of the water story on Mars Scientists have found evidence that large amounts of water-ice hide within massive sand dunes on Mars. One of the dunes, which spans 6.5km and rises 475m above the Martian surface, may be the single largest sand dune in the entire Solar System. The icy dunes could be a valuable resource for any future manned missions to the planet, said Dr Mary Bourke. The researcher presented her results to a science conference in Dublin. "If you're looking for a source of water...
  • Geology Picture(s) of the Week, August 14-20, 2005: Farewell Spit, New Zealand

    08/18/2005 10:58:21 AM PDT · by cogitator · 8 replies · 502+ views
    The linked source above provides the article and a link to a full-size image. Here's the smaller version: Here's a "where is it?" context map: and here are various images from Farewell Spit (apparently -- not absolutely certain in the case of the first two, but very likely). This appears to be one of the world's ultimate natural beaches. and finally, found on the page that provided the last image above, these "Pancake Rocks" are somewhere in the vicinity:
  • Drivers in the drink after beer truck flips

    05/11/2005 12:41:07 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 36 replies · 1,561+ views
    reuters ^ | 5-11-05
    Drivers in the drink after beer truck flips TORONTO (Reuters) - A truck hauling 2,000 cases of beer flipped over and unleashed a sea of suds onto Canada's busiest highway on Wednesday, in a scene that could have been lifted from the Canadian cliche handbook. The early morning accident brought rush hour traffic to a standstill on highway 401 in north Toronto, as rescuers worked to free a woman trapped in the small car that collided with the tractor trailer. "Believe it or not with this crushed car, the young lady driving it is going to be okay," Ontario Provincial...
  • Dust in the wind: A wall of sand moves through Al Asad (amazing photos!)

    04/28/2005 6:20:50 PM PDT · by RedBloodedAmerican · 37 replies · 4,179+ views
    http://www.marines.mil/ ^ | (April 26, 2005) | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing
    Dust in the wind: A wall of sand moves through Al AsadSubmitted by: 2nd Marine Aircraft WingStory Identification #: 2005426134811Story by Gunnery Sgt. Shannon Arledge AL ASAD, Iraq (April 26, 2005) -- A dust storm similar to special effects on the big screen bellowed across the western desert of Iraq on April 26. The storm was spawned near the border of Syria and Jordan. Forward Operating Base Korean Village experienced tornadoes around 2 p.m. The storm moved in a northeasterly direction until it reached Al Asad, around 6:45. Weather forecasters here described the storm as a downburst. "A downburst...
  • Scientists Interrupt Search for the “Mayan Atlantis" in the Caribbean.

    03/30/2005 2:16:20 PM PST · by vannrox · 26 replies · 3,740+ views
    Cuban Newpaper: GRANMA ^ | November 2004 / FR Post 3-30-05 | Editorial Staff
    Scientists Interrupt Search for the “Mayan Atlantis" in the Caribbean. Cuban Newpaper: GRANMA Mexico City, November 6, 2004 Forwarded by David Drewelow This story updates this prior story . - A group of scientists searching for a hypothetical “Mayan Atlantis" found a pyramid of 35 meters under the waters of the Caribbean, but it had to interrupt the mission due to technical problems, as reported by the Mexican newspaper Millenium, today. After 25 days of work in the sea, near the southwestern end of Cuba, the investigations deeper than 500 meters had to be abandoned due to problems with the...
  • The Sand Dune Forgotten By Time (Caucasian Mummies In China - More )

    03/19/2005 3:48:39 PM PST · by blam · 67 replies · 5,922+ views
    China.Org ^ | 3-19-2005
    The Sand Dune Forgotten by Time Archaeologists working in the extreme desert terrain of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have moved a step closer to unraveling the mystery of a 40-century-old civilization. They unearthed 163 tombs containing mummies during their ongoing and long excavation at the mysterious Xiaohe tomb complex. And it's all thanks to the translation of a diary kept by a Swedish explorer more than 70 years ago. "We have found more than 30 coffins containing mummies," said Idelisi Abuduresule, head of the Xinjiang Cultural Relics and Archaeology Institute and the excavation team. The complex is believed to...
  • New South Park season (season #9) begins this Wednesday!

    03/07/2005 1:29:16 PM PST · by EveningStar · 51 replies · 1,482+ views
    South Park Studios ^ | March 7, 2005
    Season 9 of South Park begins this Wednesday on Comedy Central!Time: 10:00pm / 9 CentralRerun: Sunday, 11:00pm / 10 Central For a description of this week's episode, please see the website. As usual, the season will be split into two parts. However, this season will have 16 episodes instead of the usual 14 episodes of past seasons. That's right, two extra episodes. Updated schedule: Already available! - Season 5 on DVD (US) Mar 9 - Season 9 starts on Comedy Central Mar 29 - Orgazmo: Special Edition on DVD May 17 - Team America on DVD (I understand that this...
  • PHOTO: Christmas message written in sand!

    12/23/2004 6:46:38 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 27 replies · 1,823+ views
    Rediff.com ^ | December 24, 2004 | Rediff.com
    Sudarsan Patnaik of Orissa thought of a novel way to greet fellow artists and spread the message of Christmas. On Thursday, Patnaik crafted a image of Jesus Christ in sand. "The image, build on the sands of Puri beach, is about 15-foot-high and it took us 20 hours to complete," Patnaik, who hails from Puri in Orissa, told rediff.com. The sculpture will remain till the New Year. "The world is facing tumultous times and we want peace. Under such circumstances, we must remember Jesus' messages," he said. Patnaik, who has already represented India in 23 international sand sculpture festivals, recently...
  • THE SANDS OF CHRISTMAS (Have your tissues handy)

    12/12/2004 5:10:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 1,107+ views
    emai | 2003 | Michael Marks
    Powerful poem for the holidays ~! Please pass on, and Merry Christmas to you and yours, wherever you are this season ~! THE SANDS OF CHRISTMAS By Michael Marks I had no Christmas spirit when I breathed a weary sigh, and looked across the table where the bills were piled too high. The laundry wasn't finished and the car I had to fix, My stocks were down another point, the Chargers lost by six. And so with only minutes till my son got home from school I gave up on the drudgery and grabbed a wooden stool. The burdens that...
  • Message from Iraq

    11/02/2004 9:58:17 AM PST · by concretebob · 8 replies · 227+ views
    concretebob | 2 November 2004 | Member of NMCB23
    I just got this, this morning. Thought some of you might be interested.
  • Geology Picture of the Week, September 12-18, 2004: Great Sand Dunes National PARK

    09/14/2004 12:49:26 PM PDT · by cogitator · 2 replies · 789+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2004
    Link post: go to the thread below for images and discussion/commentary. The article link is to the Washington Post article about the now-official upgrade of Great Sand Dune National Monument to Great Sand Dunes National Park. Geology Picture of the Week, September 12-18, 2004: Great Sand Dunes National PARK
  • Geology Picture of the Week, September 12-18, 2004: Great Sand Dunes National PARK

    09/14/2004 12:40:29 PM PDT · by cogitator · 20 replies · 1,387+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2004
    The link to the Washington Post article above is about the new designation, promoting Great Sand Dunes from National Monument to National Park. The picture below I found searching on Google; it's not from the WashPost. I'm sure that I've done a previous Geology Picture of the Week on Great Sand Dunes (one of the most fascinating places I've ever visited, but I didn't get to see the pulsating Medano Creek - best time to see it is during spring melt season - I was there in January. So here's a really nice picture of creek, dunes, and mountains: Link...

    04/24/2004 5:16:56 AM PDT · by Amish · 11 replies · 276+ views
    SELF | 24 APR 04 | AMISH
    In a state which went for George Bush in 2000 with 61%, can two young and attractive Republican candidates raise the funds to upset a couple of Democrat incumbents? Duane Sand, doing well in fund raising, a 1990 Naval Academy graduate with a creditable Senate race behind him is opposing Democratic At-Large Cong. Earl Pomeroy...who in 2002 made it through with just 52%, and was held to 53% in the 2000 election. Sand has a real chance, for information see: http://www.duanesand.com/index.html Perhaps a bit more under the radar screen is Mike Liffrig, 45 year old Republican candidate for Senate against...
  • Buried MIGs in Iraq

    03/30/2004 9:47:10 AM PST · by rudi · 98 replies · 722+ views
    ACMOC Bulletin ^ | 3/29/04 | rudi
    I discovered freerepublic.com today when searching to find any ap news related to the source photos. When I came across the photos, I wanted to know what I missed in the media news. I had not seen or heard anything about burried MIGs being found in Iraq. Apparantly our media did not bother to widely carry the story, as I have not been able to find anyone locally that already knew about it. Freerepublic did have a post of an ap article though! www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/956445/posts There, many of the posts wanted to see pictures. So, here they are. Http://*105087 Click on...
  • Saudis 'fear sand shortage' ( Saudi Arabia clamps down on the export of sand )

    11/05/2003 9:55:38 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 32 replies · 153+ views
    BBC ^ | 11-05-03
    Saudi Arabia has reportedly imposed strict border checks to enforce a ban on the export of sand. There are fears that the growing demands of the construction industry could lead to a shortage in the desert kingdom. The Arab News newspaper reports that neighbouring Bahrain needs to import large quantities of sand for reclaiming land from the sea. Demand is also expected to grow as the process of reconstruction in Iraq gathers pace. Although sand remains plentiful in Saudi Arabia, construction experts say the high costs of bagging and transporting make exploiting it difficult. Experts have told the newspaper that...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, August 17-23, 2003 (link)

    08/18/2003 12:53:20 PM PDT · by cogitator · 1 replies · 176+ views
    Space Imaging ^ | February 23, 2003
    Link post (provided to direct interested parties to the Geology Picture of the Week in the FR "chat" section): Geology Picture of the Week, August 17-23, 2003 Reply if you would like to be added to the ping list.