Ring of Fire. Tectonic plates of the world The Ring of Fire is an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.
In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and/or plate movements. It has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes. The Ring of Fire is sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt.
All but 3 of the world's 25 largest volcanic eruptions of the last 11,700 years occurred at volcanoes in the Ring of Fire. Teen Threatened With Graduation Ban For Yearbook Quote. Before Jessica Lee graduated high school last year, she went out with more street cred than anybody else who has ever made a chemistry joke in school with her yearbook quote.
While her peers were probably quoting Ferris Bueller, Ralph Waldo Emerson, or Gandhi, the piece of advice she wanted to pass along to her classmates came from Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known to the world as The Notorious B.I.G.: For those of you who don’t have a periodic table handy, this is the translation, taken from Biggie’s song: While it hasn’t been made public knowledge what, if any, repercussions Lee faced because of her brilliant joke, it appears that Paris Gray’s similar-style joke caused more of an uproar with her school’s administration. Translation: While it seems to be a nod to Juvenile’s 1999 hit single “Back That Azz Up,” Gray insists it has been a misunderstanding and that she has given it a new meaning with more encouragement and less dropping it like it’s hot.
10 Prehistoric Bugs That Could Seriously Mess You Up. Animals Almost everybody is scared of spiders—but the common reassurance is that spiders are also scared of you.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling induced by an unseen insect scurrying across your arm, or by a little centipede worming its way out of your shoe. But what if that centipede were three feet long? Hundreds of millions of years ago, monsters like these were everywhere. Here are a few of the most horrifying prehistoric bugs ever to walk—or should I say crawl? Anomalocaris canadensis looked like a strange blend of squid and shrimp. At more than two feet (60 cm) in length, I. rex was the largest species of trilobite yet known—scavenging the ocean floor during the Paleozoic Era nearly 500 million years ago. Modern-day dragonflies seem to have an unduly ferocious name; but their enormous ancestor, M. permiana, would have deserved the name “dragon.” J. rhenaniae fossils were first discovered in Germany in 2007. Even-More-Enormous Centipede. Arabian wolf. The Arabian wolf (Canis lupus arabs) is a subspecies of gray wolf which was once found throughout the Arabian Peninsula, but now only lives in small pockets in southern Israel, southern and western Iraq, Oman, Yemen, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and probably some parts of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
Features and adaptations The Arabian wolf is a small, desert-adapted wolf that stands at around 26 inches shoulder height and weighs an average of 40 pounds. Their ears are proportionally larger in relation to body size when compared to other species, an adaptation needed to disperse body heat. Arabian wolves do not usually live in large packs, and instead hunt in pairs or in groups of about three or four animals. However, footage of a pack 12 members strong was filmed for the BBC documentary Wild Arabia in 2013. Diet A lone Arabian wolf (with its winter fur) in the southern Arava Desert, Israel. Can World's Rarest Bear Be Saved? The Gobi is Earth’s fifth largest desert, sprawling across half a million square miles of southern Mongolia and northern China.
It sees temperatures of minus 40°F in winter and 120 in summer, and gets just two to eight inches of annual rainfall. Some years parts of the region receive no rain at all. Windstorms sweep through day and night, with gusts strong enough to send a tent sailing away over the horizon. Encyclopedia Britannica. Chichen Itza, Mexico. Tula, Mexico. The Temple of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli. - ('House of the Morning Star', 'Pyramid B') The major structure that remains today from the ruins of Tollán is the Temple of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli (Lord of the House of the Morning Star) – referred to today at the site with more mundane (and more pronounceable) name of "Pyramid B.
" At the top of this pyramid stand four colossal statues, more than 15 feet tall, dressed as warriors. They may represent the Toltec ruler Ce Acatl Quetzalcóatl (who was named after the fair-skinned god worshiped by many Mesoamerica cultures). These four figures wear stylized butterfly breastplates, sun-shaped shields on their backs, feathered headdresses and carry spear throwers and a supply of spears. Early Tallbikes. In the days of the pennyfarthing, riding your bike six feet off the ground was considered quite 'Ordinary'.
Men and women had gotten around at that height for centuries, first on horseback and then on carriages. It was making a short bike that was unusual, and so these were called 'dwarf safeties'. Originally it was the quest for speed that sent cyclists up into the air, as a larger wheel was the only way to increase the distance you traveled per pedal revolution.
This page is dedicated to recording the history of bikes that are tall for height's sake, because face it it's damn fun and it gets attention. I'm trying to collect every picture I can find of tallbikes from the late 1800s until 1990 when the modern mutant bicycle culture began. Most of these came from Victorian and Edwardian Cycling & Motoring From Old Photographs By A.B. When the safety was invented, the deadly pennyfarthings were frowned upon and even outlawed. Winged Cats - What are They? Over the years there have been many reports of "winged cats" and these have frequently been treated as cryptozoological phenomena.
Many people would like to believe in flying cats, but the real explanation is medical, not mystical. By and far the vast majority of winged cats are the result of poor grooming. A few are due to a developmental defect or an uncommon hereditary skin condition, although these causes tend to be hyped, probably they seem so much more exciting than the mundane cause of matted fur. Note: This is not, as some blogs suggest, a fake site akin to Bonsai Kittens. Jaw-Dropping Plant Sculptures from Mosaiculture International 2013. From June 22 to September 29, 2013, the Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013 – Land of Hope (MIM2013) will be on display at the Montreal Botanical Garden.
Earth at Night: 30 Photos from Space. Aurora Australis Over New Zealand, Tasman Sea – Photograph by NASA NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has an incredible 62-picture album on Flickr that shows stunning views of the Earth at night.
All photographs were taken from the International Space Station since May 1st, 2003. Below is a collection of 30 of the most outstanding shots, but the Sifter highly recommends you check out the entire album on Flickr: 2. Milan, Italy at Night from Space – 02/22/11.