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User:Tillman/Favorite minerals From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Favorite mineral photos Goethite after pyrite, Utah Blue fluorite, China Copper "sword", Kazakhstan Mockingbird Mine, California Johachidolite, a calcium aluminum borate, from Burma. Per Rob Lavinsky, "this specimen is an incredible rarity." Eco Preservation Society About EPS Osa - Get Involved in EPS Osa - Join EPS Osa The pristine rainforests and the rugged natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula make this region among the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. Declared ‘one of the most biologically intense places on earth’ by the National Geographic Magazine, the Osa Peninsula along with Drake Bay have today, become the premier ecotourism destination in the county. The Osa Peninsula is a peninsula located in southwestern Costa Rica, in the Puntarenas Province, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Golfo Dulce to the east. The peninsula was formed geologically by a faulting system that extends north into California. The peninsula is home to at least half of all species living in Costa Rica.

List of recently extinct mammals A large number of prehistoric mammals are extinct, such as Megafauna. See List of prehistoric mammals. This is an incomplete list of historically known extinct mammals, their dates of extinction, and former range. Mammals included are organisms which have gone extinct since 1500 CE, which is considered the cutoff for recent extinctions by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Many of these animals have become extinct as a result of excessive human hunting, for food or sport, or through the destruction of habitat. Top 5 Environmental Artists Shaking Up the Art World Clemson clay nest by Nils-Udo (2005) via designboom As the primal creator, Nature could be considered the world's most powerful and influential artist. And standing at the junction of art and nature are environmental artists, who are often balanced on an intermediary edge, searching and synthesizing creative, unimagined new ways to redefine our relationship with nature. Working with a wide range of materials--ranging from the raw, the found, to the discarded, environmental art can be evocative, provocative or sublime, and oftentimes communicates an urgent message. From the scores of talented environmental artists out there, we've rounded up some greats and a couple of emerging ones too--read on, and feel free to add to the list! 1.

Recycling Around the World - Alan Taylor - In Focus November 15 is America Recycles Day, an annual event launched in 1997 by the National Recycling Coalition. The need to reuse and recycle raw materials has never been as urgent as it is today. The human race has reached a worldwide population of 7 billion, and America is responsible for consuming a disproportionate share of the planet's resources. In many parts of the world, recycling is done by necessity.

Extreme Environments - StumbleUpon People Get Thirsty in Winter, Too by Karen Berger from GORP In cold weather camping, one of the best things you can do to stay healthy is develop a drinking habit. I'm talking water, not wine. Adequate hydration is key to avoiding hypothermia and altitude sickness. Biodiversity Andean Páramo Project "or" PPA The project "Conservation of Biodiversity in the Moors of North and Central Andes, is a regional initiative that works to conserve and sustainable use of grasslands in Venezuela , Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Food for the Future: Conserving Crop Wild Relatives As the name suggests, a crop wild relative (CWR) is a wild plant species related to a domesticated crop. For centuries crop wild relatives have provided farmers with the genetic material to improve the nutritional quality of crops, enhance productivity, and provide cultivated varieties with resistance to pests and diseases. Managing Water Wisely to Save Wetlands and Waterbirds

Great auk The great auk (Pinguinus impennis) was a flightless bird of the alcid family that became extinct in the mid-19th century. It was the only modern species in the genus Pinguinus (unrelated with penguins, although it was the first bird to be called penguin). It bred on rocky, isolated islands with easy access to the ocean and a plentiful food supply, a rarity in nature that provided only a few breeding sites for the auks. When not breeding, the auks spent their time foraging in the waters of the North Atlantic, ranging as far south as northern Spain and also around the coast of Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, Ireland, and Great Britain. The great auk was 75 to 85 centimetres (30 to 33 in) tall and weighed around 5 kilograms (11 lb), making it the largest member of the alcid family. It had a black back and a white belly.

Artist Creates Free-Flowing Sculptures From 10,000's of Recycled Feathers (Photos) Images courtesy of All Visual Arts. "Evacuate", 2010. Photo: Jonty Wilde At first glance, Kate MccGwire's feather sculptures seem to be frozen in the frenzied climax of some kind of perpetual movement. The mysterious feathered forms writhe and undulate, seemingly without end at times, creating a real visual and textural feast for the senses.

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