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Vicky Veritas
Saving the world, one map at a time.
Saving the world, one map at a time.

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The idea is to show people enough different cultures using music to uplift themselves, so that we can see the connections we all have.
~ Mark Johnson (Co-Founder of Playing for Change)


Playing for Change, because music brings us together. Groove in G, because G stands for Global. Thank you +Oya Şanlı and +Randy Culler

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Fossil Falls flows again and there is water in Death Valley - our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, brings it to us.

Thank you, +Garry Hayes

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The floating ships that crop up in my work can probably be traced back to the motifs Moebius would use in many of his stories, but closer to home I think I must have been inspired subconsciously by the shipyards I grew up alongside in the North East of England. Seeing these great steel hulks being welded together in vast dry docks must have had an impact. Beyond that there's just a fascination with the implausability of seeing mammoth hunks of metal hanging in mid-air - as soon as that happens I find they and the world around them become heavy with possibility.
~ Ian McQue - More here:

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Thank you, +Ben Milton
Since the discovery of FTL, spacefaring civilizations across the universe have been frustrated by the Roil, a chaotic storm in one facet of hyperspace. Cutting through or just around the Roil reduces travel time dramatically to many destinations, but region's instability makes that a generally stupid option.

Of course, some people try it anyway. Adrenaline junkies looking for the next high, explorers looking for fame, criminals evading pursuit...the centuries have seen no end of attempts to face the Roil and live. Most do not.

Countless ships, from one-man corvettes to massive colonial transports have vanished into the storm, torn apart, it is generally assumed, by the region's forces. These assumptions are wrong.

Ships penetrating into the heart of the Roil are forcibly ejected from hyperspace, an event which typically leaves them heavily damaged and adrift. All of these ships are ejected into a single star system and are often forced to crash-land on one of its 5 rocky inner planets. Over the millennia, these planets have become riddled with the wrecks of fallen starships, from every species and culture across the cosmos.

The survivors have built a vast system-wide society out of the scrap that comes hurtling out of the sky. New derelicts are descended upon and salvaged for whatever technology and resources can be saved, and explorers continually search for undiscovered wrecks, buried by time, or still floating in orbit. Half of the time the technology found is barely comprehensible or so dangerous that it has to be sealed away again.

With the Roil raging in hyperspace all around the system, FTL escape is impossible. Ships that are repaired enough to fly are limited to sub-luminal travel within the system, salvaging, bounty-hunting, exploring, and trading, just waiting for their next big break. The Roil is a cruel mother, but she never forgets to feed her children.

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This breathtaking image is a combined-image of Lake Success, California taken by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite. Lake Kawhea is shown in the upper right, Bravo Lake to its left, and Lake Success in the lower right. Two scans were combined to reveal changes such as the red coloring in the three reservoirs showing the water level increase between December and January.

Thank you, +Elizabeth Therese Niwel
Lake Success, California
California has seen some heavy rains recently after years of drought, filling many of the state’s reservoirs. The rising waters are evident in this radar image from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite mission over part of the San Joaquin Valley.

The three water bodies pictured here are Lake Kawhea in the upper right, Bravo Lake to its left and Lake Success in the lower right. This image was created by combining two scans from Sentinel-1’s radar on 15 December and 26 January, and assigning each scan a colour. Combined, the colours reveal changes, such as the red colouring in the reservoirs showing the water level increase.

Officials have begun to release water from Lake Success as heavy rains have nearly filled it to capacity, and the outflow is sometimes exceeding the inflow in these days.

The problem of too much water is in stark contrast from the situation in previous years, when drought led to water shutoffs and cutoffs, severely hindering yields in the San Joaquin Valley – a major agricultural region. Major crops include grapes, cotton, nuts and fruits, with productivity relying on irrigation from surface water diversions and groundwater pumping from wells.

Agricultural structures dominate this radar composite image. Like the reservoirs, colours reveal changes between December and January such as vegetation growth or harvests.

Along the right side of the image, we can see the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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#ESA   #Satellites   #Sentinel1   #LakeKawhea   #LakeSuccess   #Agriculture   #ImagesfromSpace   #Space   #Sky   #Geology  

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Great quotes about reading makes a great bookmark! Print it out!

Thank you, +Ebook Friendly!
A friendly reminder about the power of books 🙂

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The Periodic Table adapted to literature. Enjoy! Thank you, +Ebook Friendly​​ and +Adriel Wiggins​!
Top posts this week ⇢ Here's a list of very specific periodic tables of elements - the ones that relate to books! 📚

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"For the past three years, brothers Jim and Will Pattiz have been documenting the U.S. national parks with a mix of time-lapse photography and realtime video. The filmmakers and founders of Sea Raven Media visited their first national park five years ago — a trip that planted the seed in their minds for what would eventually grow into More Than Just Parks, a multi-year effort to film all 59 national parks. They just released their 10th film, leaving 49 to go."

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Our disenchantment of the night through artificial lighting may appear, if it is noticed at all, as a regrettable but eventually trivial side effect of contemporary life. That winter hour, though, up on the summit ridge with the stars falling plainly far above, it seemed to me that our estrangement from the dark was a great and serious loss. We are, as a species, finding it increasingly hard to imagine that we are part of something which is larger than our own capacity.
~ Robert Macfarlane, The Wild Places

There are still ways to find places to see the night sky with as little light pollution as possible, such as this great interactive map by Jurji Stare. Go straight to the map here:

Jurij Stare, of Slovenia, created a website like the Blue Marble, but with an added feature: the light maps are calibrated in real units, allowing users to make simple (but quantitative) comparisons of the amount of upward-directed light in different parts of the world. His website overlays DMSP and VIIRS images on top of an interactive Bing Map. More on the map and how to explore global light pollution here:

Thank you, +Maps Mania
The 2016 Global Light Pollution Map

This composite map of night-time satellite images reveals the extent of light pollution across the world.

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How a "social contagion" models can help to predict and prevent shootings.
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