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Lucas Appelmann
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That's why I'm doing this. Just trying.

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One of the cooler eclipse maps.
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The downward solar radiation as modeled by NOAA, to predict the effects on temperature during the total solar eclipse. The diagram shows the solar irradiance reaching Earth's surface over time.
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The most unexplored areas in the world are the deep sea trenches. None as famously unexplored as the Mariana Trench.

Located in the western Pacific Ocean, an average of 200 kilometres (124 mi) to the east of the Mariana Islands, in the Western Pacific East of Philippines... above Guam & Palau.

It is a crescent-shaped scar in the Earth's crust, and measures about 2,550 km (1,580 mi) long and 69 km (43 mi) wide on average. It reaches a maximum-known depth of 10,994 metres (36,070 ft) (± 40 metres [130 ft]) at a small slot-shaped valley in its floor known as the Challenger Deep, at its southern end, although some unrepeated measurements place the deepest portion at 11,034 metres (36,201 ft).

If Mount Everest were dropped into the trench at this point, its peak would still be over 1.6 kilometres (1 mi) underwater.

In 2009, Marianas Trench was established as a United States National Monument.

Since the 1870’s, when researchers began sounding the trench by hand, people have been refining techniques to best map every niche in this part of the deep blue.

In 2011, a US Navy hydrographic ship mapped the entirety of the trench using a multibeam echosounder. Exactly what forms of life inhabit the deep sea remains a mystery, but some creatures have been observed.

Included in these findings are single cell (that is right, stuff usually saved for under the microscope) organisms up to 4 inches long.

Continues tomorrow! #GlobeFacts via Wikipedia & Smashing Lists.

Globe : 36cm Prussian Blue in progress |

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Its the beginning of a world that will supersede our world... at least for some. This is an early 1990's map of the internet and some of the places to navigate to. #oldmapgallery #mapsoftheinternet #oldmaps #vintagemaps

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Animated globe showing animal migration routes

Now that many of us have just witnessed the solar eclipse I figured we might as well keep on take a big picture view of things.

Animals have no need of passports or visas, and they don't care about countries' borders — and that’s vividly illustrated by this animated globe. It shows migration routes for about 150 species based on tracking data shared by over 11,000 researchers from around the world. The pink lines follow the movement of animals covering at least 310 miles in one direction for at least 45 days, combining about 8,000 tracks collected over a period of about 10 years. You can see lines extend from Africa to Turkey, all the way up to Europe, as well as from Canada to the United States, and vice versa.

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The phrase “80% of data is geographic” is one of those commonly cited facts that those that work with GIS data are very familiar with.

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Speaking of Inaccessible Island. At least three confirmed shipwrecks have occurred off the coast.

The first, and most dramatic, was that of Blenden Hall, a British ship which set sail in 1821 with 54 passengers and crew aboard heading to Bombay (Mumbai).

Captain Alexander Grieg intended to sail past Saint Helena, but adverse currents carried her to Tristan da Cunha.

She got caught in seaweed on July 22nd & drifted aground on Inaccessible Island. All but two of those aboard survived the shipwreck.

They spent the next four months subsisting on wild celery, seals, penguins, and albatross.

They managed to build a boat some months later. The first attempt to sail to Tristan failed, resulting in the loss of six people; but the second attempt alerted the Tristanians to their plight.

The remainder were then brought to Tristan, where the brig Nerina arrived about two months later and took most to Cape Town, South Africa.

The other two shipwrecks are the wreck of Shakespeare at Pig Beach in 1883, and Helen S Lea at North Point in 1897.

When Corporal William Glass and his family became the first settlers at #TristandaCunha in 1816, goats and pigs were brought to Inaccessible Island to serve as a source of food. Some domestic animals remained for at least 57 years and helped to keep the Stoltenhoff brothers alive during their expedition, but they have now died out. Cattle, sheep, and dogs were also introduced to the island at various points in the island's history, but none remain.

Inaccessible is perhaps best known for the Inaccessible rail, the world's smallest living flightless bird.

For more #Globefacts relating click back to the two previous posts.
Source : Wikipedia.

Globes : 36cm & 23cm Desk Globes.

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We will soon be done with pre-eclipse maps and move over to post-eclipse maps.

Eclipse maps for those who like waffles, fried chicken, Bigfoot or UFO's.

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We will soon be done with pre-eclipse maps and move over to post-eclipse maps.

Eclipse maps for those who like waffles, fried chicken, Bigfoot or UFO's.
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