NASA recently released imagery showing the deforestation of America …in just 34 years.
this actually makes my stomach hurt.
:( I’d be interested to see what the rest of the world’s forests look like too.
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Ravenclaw Crest. If you can wait a fortnight or 6, you might see it on Teefury.com.
If not REDBUBBLE! http://www.redbubble.com/people/jimiyo/works/8479776-ravenclaw-crest
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What are the differences between Skates and Rays? Both are flat (with a few exceptions) and dwell on the bottom. Even their diamond / rhomboid shape is shared between the two! The physical differences are that skates have their pelvic fins divided in two lobes whereas rays have pelvic fins with one lobe. Also, rays have thinner, more whip-like tails, while skates have stocky tails with no stinging barb. Many skates have enlarged scales along the sides of their bodies in some species along with some scales on the malar (near the eyes) and alar (wingtips), which all rays except the Pearl Ray (Hypolophus sephen) lack. A non-physical difference is where they inhabit. Skates are more deep-water inhabitants whereas Rays are more shallow-water inhabitants. These are only generalizations though, since some species of each live in the opposite areas of what is stated.
This is the best post ever.
I sorted the 17 elemental Pokemon Types into the different Hogwarts Houses. I could probably make this prettier but idc…
Pokemon + Harry Potter?! Yes please!
It’s taken six months, two ranger groups and a helicopter to move an 11-tonne ghostnet detected in coastal waters off the Northern Territory, Australia.
Local rangers manager Michael Schultz said by the time the net was towed in and left in the bay, it was about the size of two or three shipping containers.
“We found sharks, large hammerhead sharks, other sharks like black tip reef sharks, lots of different fish, golden snapper, catfish, there were possibly turtles in it.”
Michael also said there were also live fish in the net, that had come from international waters - which can present a biosecurity problem.
“There were some catfish that we couldn’t readily identify - that had probably come in from northern waters - that aren’t endemic to the local region.”
It was the first time Michael and his team of rangers had to use a helicopter to deal with a ghostnet.
“Usually the ghostnets that we deal with down here at Wadeye are smaller broken up fragments that wash up on beaches, and we tend to put them in a trailer and take them to the tip, or burn them on the spot, whereas this one being so large, it had to be lifted out.”
Department of Resources marine ranger co-ordinator Simon Xeureb says it wasn’t until a few weeks later that the remaining five tonnes of the net could be removed.
“The net was dragged within 50 meters of the high tide mark, and we put a 50 millimetre shipping anchor and 100 millimetre shipping rope all the way to the shore line.
“We then knew the weather would change within the next couple of weeks, and the north-westerly influence would push that net high and dry into the dune country.
“The Wuducupildiyer rangers went back on the next set of springs, and on the spring low they were able to cut the net further up and any remaining net that was tailing towards the water.
“They put some bamboo shafts in and actually floated them up with drums, and took the whole lot out of the water, and burnt it on the dead low tide.”
Full story here.
Juvenile Pinnate Batfish (platax pinnatus )
Image: Jenny Huang
I want to lick this fish. And then avoid dying from that pesky sea life allergy. But definitely the lick thing.
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