Toxic Algae Lake

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“During the summer months, Lake Erie along with the rest of the five Great Lakes smothers under huge swaths of green algae, often thousands of square kilometers in size. The algae proliferates by feeding on excess nutrients in the form of phosphorous in the water. The phosphorus comes from sewage treatment plants and fertilizer used in farms that runoff along with rain water and enter into streams and rivers eventually winding up in Lake Erie. Blue-green algae also thrives on light. Lake Erie, being the shallowest of the Great Lakes, especially at its west end, is more susceptible to algae than its deeper cousins, which do not have the same penetration of sunlight.” w/ photos

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World’s Longest Bony Fish

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Most oarfish seen by humans are dead or dying on a beach. But a new video captured in March in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés shows two 15-foot-long oarfish — aka Regalecus glesne–gliding about in shallow water near the shore. Oarfish are known for their lengthy dorsal fin, which they undulate to move about. They can also contort their whole body in a sinusoidal pattern for fast swimming. Their large size and swimming behavior has led historians to think oarfish might be the source of many ‘sea serpent’ sightings in the past.” w/ videos

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The House On Towan Island

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Just a few meters off the British coast near Newquay in Cornwell, lies the tiny Towan island. Perched at the top of this 80 feet high rocky island is a charming cottage that is accessible via a 100 feet long suspension bridge, the only privately owned suspension bridge in Great Britain. Originally a Victorian tea room, the building was converted into a three-bedroom Edwardian house in the 1930s. Since then it has been home to various lords and aristocratic couples including the son of physicist Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, inventor of the spark plug. When the last owner Lord Viscount Long sold the property in 2012, it was converted into a holiday home that is being offered for rent. The property is since called ‘The House in The Sea.” w/ photos

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Kaali Meteorite Crater

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Today Kaali Crater has a lake in it, fed by ground water and precipitation. Depending on the time of year, this lake has a diameter of 30 – 60 meters and depth of 1 – 6 meters. Surrounding Kaali crater are the remains of an immense stone wall 470 meters long, 2.5 meters thick and approximately 2 meters high, built during the early Iron Age. An extraordinary number of domestic animal bones have been found inside the walled area, the latest dating to the 17th century, suggesting that the lake was used not only as a watering hole but as a place for ritual sacrifices. There are also evidence of a fortified settlement inhabited from the 5th to 7th century BC and a small hoard of silver jewelry from the 3rd to 5th centuries AD.” w/ photos

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Next Level Special Effects Makeup

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“26-year-old Sandra Holmbom is one heck of a talented makeup artist. Her work is so mind-blowing that it’s hard to believe she has had no professional training whatsoever. She admits that she really loves special effects makeup – a fact that’s pretty obvious from her pictures. It appears that she’s mostly her own model, creating the most horrifying looks like decaying, festering wounds, ripped-skin eye masks, ripped off eyebrows, skeleton masks, wrinkled faces and more.” w/ photos

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Hong Kong’s Outdoor Escalators

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In one of Hong Kong’s smartest residential area called Mid-levels, the public is served by an unusual form of transport – the longest outdoor escalator system in the world. The Central-Mid-Levels escalator system covers over 800 meters in distance and elevates approximately 135 meters from bottom to top. It consists of 20 escalators and 3 moving walkways, connected in places by footbridges and with 14 entrances and exits. To ride the complete length of the escalator system one-way takes about 20 minutes.” w/ photos

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Tree In The Rock

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“Located right in the middle of Interstate 80, between Cheyenne and Laramie, in southeast Wyoming is a peculiar tree. The tree is a limber pine, which is common to the area, but this one seems to be growing out of a solid granite boulder. Upon closer inspection, you will notice that it’s actually growing out of a crack in the rock, owing to which the tree is stunted and twisted but is still going strong. This small tree has fascinated travelers since the first train rolled past on the Union Pacific Railroad.” w/ photos

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The Volcanic Crater

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Cerro de Xico or the ‘Hill of Xico’ lies at the extreme southern end of Mexico City in the municipality of Xico within the Chichinautzin volcanic field. Cerro de Xico isn’t actually a hill, as evident from the aerial pictures below – it’s a beautifully round tuff ring formed by phreatomagmatic eruptions through the middle of Lake Chalco, whose remains can be seen surrounding the crater rim. Being located just 40km south of the city center, the volcanic crater is slowly being engulfed by the ever advancing urban sprawl, even though the interior is still being used for agriculture naturally protected from the swarming city by the tuff ring.” w/ photos

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Cold Water Geysers

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The ‘geysers’ are located in an area close to some aragonite mines. Excess water from the mines are removed by metal pipes that terminate at the bank of Mazy River. The water is warm and rich with carbonic acid that easily dissolves large amounts of lime along its way. Further the water goes through iron pipelines, and carbonic acid dissolves iron as well. The carbon dioxide rich water rushes along the pipe under pressure and when it emerges at the end of the pipeline, the sudden decrease in pressure causes the dissolved carbon dioxide gas to erupt in bubbles producing a geyser like phenomenon. This is similar to opening an aggravated bottle of soda.” w/ photos

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Line Sitting Business?

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“They say good things come to those who wait. But here’s the loophole: what if you could pay someone to do the waiting for you? Same Ol Line Dudes (SOLD Inc.) is a new service in New York that helps people get in line for the latest, hottest and trendiest new products. At $25 for the first hour and $10 for every half hour after that, I think it’s pretty legit. If I could avoid waiting in line and still get to buy the new iPhone or enjoy a cronut, I’d definitely be willing to pay for it. The idea for the business came to Robert Samuel after he made $325 selling two spots in a line for the iPhone 5 launch last year. That’s when he realized that he could cash in on people’s fear of missing out on new things.” w/ photos

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