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"Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried." ~ Frank Tyger
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R.I.P Ian Murdock
Founder of Debian #Linux, Dead at 42
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🎉🎇Happy New Year 2015!🎊🎆 😊

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Australia's Ephemeral Lake Mackay | NASA Terra Satellite
Dec. 31, 2014: Hundreds of salt lakes are sprinkled across the landscape of northern and western Australia. Most, including Lake Mackay, fill infrequently via seasonal rainfall that runs off of nearby lands and through minor drainage channels. Lake Mackay is Australia's fourth largest lake—encompassing 4,737 square kilometers (1,829 square miles) along the border between Western Australia and Northern Territory.

This image, acquired on September 19, 2010, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite, shows about a quarter of the lake area. Dark areas indicate desert vegetation or algae, moisture within the soils, and the low elevations where water pools. Light browns indicate areas of higher elevation that occasionally form islands.

So, how deep is the water? That depends on when you measure. When full, some of the deeper lakes in the region can be several meters deep. Shallower lakes are less than 50 centimeters (20 inches) deep. The depth of Lake Mackay is uncertain, but is thought to be somewhere between the two extremes.

Water can persist in Lake Mackay for at least six months after a flood; when it does, the ephemeral lake provides an important habitat and breeding area for shorebirds and waterbirds. For example, researchers spotted at least 4,400 young banded stilts during an aerial survey of the wetlands in 2001.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.
Caption Credit: Kathryn Hansen
Instrument: Terra - ASTER

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Mission Improbable: Attempting to land a rocket on an autonomous spaceport drone ship.

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"An enemy that knows the future can't lose" ~ Rita

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Homeless guy singing at Iphone 6 launch
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