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History of the giant sequoia. Paleobotanic evolution The conifer tree species of the subfamily Sequoioideae were once widespread along the northern hemisphere.

History of the giant sequoia

Fossil remains of the genus Sequoia from the Jurassic Period (180 to 135 million years ago) have been found in North America, Greenland, and the Eurasian continent, suggesting vast forests. Only three species survived the Ice Ages: the giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) and the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in California and the dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in remote areas in Southwest China. More about the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). More about the dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides). Discovery. Time-lapse video: Ancients. Photo by Nicholas Buer, from the video Regular readers know I love me some time-lapse video of the sky.

Time-lapse video: Ancients.

I stumbled across a very cool one recently, and it’s well worth the 2.5 minutes of your time: “Ancients,” by photographer Nicholas Buer, the same man who made “Spirits,” a magnificent video about aurorae. “Ancients,” though, stars a significantly more distant target … Mzungu Guy. Mountain top agriculture. Unity. Aerial view of a volcano near Bwindi, Uganda, cultivated by locals. Necessity is the mother of invention: wooden bicycle. "Hello? Can you hear me now?!" BoomBox. Ingenious! But will it FLY?! Carve out what you need... Rumplestiltskin. Recycling Ingenuity. Human Ingenuity. Map of Africa. Overload. Sugar Crush. Sugar rush. Think Ahead. The West's toxic hypocrisy over lead paint - opinion - 03 June 2013. Read full article Continue reading page |1|2 Rich countries banned deadly lead pigments years ago.

The West's toxic hypocrisy over lead paint - opinion - 03 June 2013

So how come they export 28,000 tonnes a year to poorer countries, asks campaigner Perry Gottesfeld MANY battles have been waged to eradicate disease around the world, but rarely does the same battle have to be fought twice. Sadly, that is the struggle we face with one of the most common and yet entirely avoidable public health hazards: lead paint. International efforts to get lead out of paint began in 1921 under the League of Nations. Lead is a potent neurotoxin with no known safe exposure level. Less well known is the link between lead and heart disease. The health impacts of lead at very low exposure levels have been acknowledged by the World Health Organization and other health authorities. With all this bad news one would think that the use of lead would be on the way out – but the opposite is true. The 6 Weirdest Cities People Actually Live In. Look, we're idiots: None of us knows what, exactly, goes into city planning, but we assume it's probably a lot of distinguished gentlemen emailing each other about math, statistics and blueprints.

But somewhere along the line, somebody accidentally CC'ed the insane asylum, and we wound up with the following civilizations that simply should not be: #6. Neft Dashlari: A Hacked Together City in the Middle of the Sea Via Skyscraper.talkwhat.com Back in 1945, the USSR discovered oil just off the coast of Azerbaijan. The 6 Best Towns To Live in (If You Have a Death Wish) Maybe the greatest thing about human beings is if you show us the most desolate, horrible place on Earth, at least one of us will scratch his chin and say, "I bet land is really cheap there.

The 6 Best Towns To Live in (If You Have a Death Wish)

" Boom, a month later, there are apartments and a Waffle House. We're not kidding, there are people living and working right now in places where you wouldn't think a man could survive for even a day. Places like... Where is it? Drive about five hours out of Ethiopia's population center until the ground gets too rugged to proceed, then get out and travel by camel-back into one of the cradles of human civilization in the Danakil Desert. This is the region of the world where human life began, and life has been comparatively smooth sailing for those of us who escaped this hellhole. Lifestyle In the 1960s, an American company set up a mining community in the Dallol region in order to mine the mineral, potash.

"Hey Hank, this is fun and all but I was thinking maybe, you know, fuck it. But, hey. Ah, Siberia.