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  • Deserts 'greening' from rising carbon dioxide: Green foliage boosted across the world's arid regions

    03/09/2017 5:18:36 PM PST · by Stopthethreat · 37 replies
    Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world's arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research. In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, according to CSIRO research scientist, Dr Randall Donohue. "In Australia, our native vegetation is superbly adapted to surviving in arid environments...
  • Saharan silver ants can control electromagnetic waves over extremely broad spectrum range

    06/18/2015 12:42:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-18-2015 | Provided by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science
    Nanfang Yu, assistant professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, and colleagues from the University of Zürich and the University of Washington, have discovered two key strategies that enable Saharan silver ants to stay cool in one of the hottest terrestrial environments on Earth. Yu's team is the first to demonstrate that the ants use a coat of uniquely shaped hairs to control electromagnetic waves over an extremely broad range from the solar spectrum (visible and near-infrared) to the thermal radiation spectrum (mid-infrared), and that different physical mechanisms are used in different spectral bands to realize the same biological function...
  • Desert varnish grows much faster than geologists admit

    06/12/2015 8:31:21 AM PDT · by fishtank · 10 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 6-12-15 | Michael J. Oard
    Desert varnish grows much faster than geologists admit by Michael J. Oard Dozens of geological processes are commonly claimed to proceed too slowly for the short timescale of the Bible. Many of these claimed slow processes have attached dates of tens of thousands to millions of years. However, we usually only hear one side of the origins issue. It is too easy to make a wrong decision based on only one opinion. We should investigate the other side of an issue, especially when one side is heavily censored in the public arena. We also need to be aware that there...
  • Video: Huge Lake Suddenly Appears in Middle of Desert

    08/02/2014 6:08:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 02, 2014
    'Some say that it is a miracle, while others are calling it a curse': Tunisian journalistTunisians are enjoying escaping the heat of summer by swimming in the mystery lake. (Pic @ Instagram) Nobody knows how, when or why… yet. The fact is, a lake has mysteriously appeared suddenly in the middle of Tunisian desert. No scientific explanation has been forthcoming as yet for for ‘Gafsa Beach’, discovered by shepherds three weeks ago. Authorities have issued a warning, according to a report in the Independent, that the water, which started off a crystalline blue and has since turned a murky green...
  • Mysterious lake in Tunisian desert turns from turquoise to green sludge

    08/01/2014 7:37:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Kim Willsher
    The stretch of water, dubbed the Lac de Gafsa, may be the result of a rupture in the rock above the local water table. The lake appeared in the Tunisian desert like a mirage; one minute there was nothing but scorching sand, the next a large expanse of turquoise water. Shepherds discovered the lake, thought to be up to 18 meters deep and covering one hectare, three weeks ago. Local geologists suspect seismic activity may have ruptured the rock above the water table sending the liquid to the surface.
  • NASA Photo of the Day: The Great Salt Desert of Iran

    10/28/2013 5:51:39 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 15 replies ^ | October 15, 2011 | National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    Iran's Great Salt Desert (Dasht-e Kavir) photographed from the NASA Landsat 5 satellite on October 15, 2011. 1500 x 1000, 2000 x 1333, 3000 x 2000, 4000 x 2667, 4931 x 3287. Via
  • Desert Tortoise Conservation Center to euthanize hundreds of the tortoises ( endangered species )

    08/29/2013 1:10:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 25, 2013
    It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it as BLM closes Vegas rescue center. LAS VEGAS — For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence. Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who...
  • Deserts ‘greening’ from rising CO2

    07/09/2013 2:18:49 PM PDT · by kathsua · 28 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 8, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world’s arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research. In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, according to CSIRO research scientist, Dr Randall Donohue. “In Australia, our native vegetation is superbly adapted to surviving in arid environments...
  • ‘Star Wars’ Fans Restore Luke Skywalker’s Tunisia Ranch

    07/14/2012 9:39:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | July 12, 2012
    Fans of the late-1970s "Star Wars" movies probably know that Luke Skywalker, a reluctant hero battling his way through the film's evil Galactic Empire, was raised on the windswept plains of Tatooine, a desert wasteland planet located on the outer rim of director/writer George Lucas’ fictional galaxy. In reality, Skywalker’s house - known as the Lars homestead - is actually located in southern Tunisia. The whitewashed ranch was constructed on an outdoor movie set in a desert region known as Tozeur. And after more than three decades of blowing sands and extreme Saharan heat, Skywalker’s domed home was beginning to...
  • Autistic man, 28, found alive after being lost for 3 weeks in remote Utah desert

    07/13/2012 10:12:28 AM PDT · by Washi · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 13, 1012 |
    BOULDER, Utah – A 28-year-old autistic man from Colorado was found emaciated but alive on Thursday after living off mainly frogs and roots while wandering for at least three weeks in the remote Escalante Desert of southern Utah, authorities said. William Martin LaFever of Colorado Springs, Colo., told rescuers that in addition to the bits of food he scavenged, he drank water from the Escalante River while attempting to walk from Boulder, Utah, to Page, Ariz., a distance of approximately 90 miles or more by the route he appeared to be taking. The Garfield County Sheriff's Department estimated he had...
  • Mac Gyver Lives! Man build motorcycle from broken down car to escape desert

    06/12/2012 10:13:45 AM PDT · by njslim · 44 replies ^ | Jeremy Korzeniewski
    According to Merriam-Webster, ingenuity can be defined as "skill or cleverness in devising or combining" or "cleverness or aptness of design or contrivance." We'd say that's an apt description of a Frenchman named Emile who reportedly found himself stranded in the deserts of Northwest Africa after breaking a frame rail and a suspension swingarm underneath his Citroën 2CV. What to do? Why, disassemble the broken hulk and build yourself a motorcycle from its pile of parts, of course! As the story goes, Emile was able to use the inventive machine to escape the desert, though not before convincing the local...
  • Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert (Uzbekistan)

    05/27/2012 8:30:55 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Kuriositas ^ | Saturday, 26 May 2012 | Kuriositas
    Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert Many have visited an abandoned city and wondered what catastrophic event could have caused such an exodus from a metropolis once so evidently thriving. Yet these cities are usually hundreds if not thousands of years old, the everyday clamor and cry of civilization just an echo. Visit Mo'ynaq in Uzbekistan, however, and you can see apocalypse right here, right now. The Soviet era sign still welcomes people to the city. Yet there are few visitors who stay more than a few hours. They all leave after they have done looking at what...
  • Almost Perfectly Preserved’ WWII Fighter Discovered in Sahara Desert — 70 Years After Disappearing

    05/11/2012 9:07:30 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 100 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 05/10/12 | Becket Adams
    It’s not quite the same as the opening sequence to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” but it’s awfully close. The Daily Mail reports that a Polish oil company worker, Jakub Perka, has discovered an “almost perfectly preserved” Kittyhawk P-40 that crash-landed in the Sahara Desert in 1942. “Despite the crash impact, most of the aircraft’s cockpit instruments are intact,” according to the report.
  • Iran readies secret salt desert bunkers for clandestine nuclear facilities

    05/05/2012 6:17:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Debka ^ | 5/5/12
    When International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Yukiya Amano declared Friday, May 4, that “Parchin (the suspected site of nuclear-related explosion tests) is the priority and we start with that,” he may have missed the boat. As he spoke, Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said it was possible that Iran was already putting in place the infrastructure for building a nuclear bomb in 60 days. In this regard, debkafile’s military sources disclose that Iran had by the end of 2009 early 2012 completed the construction of a new chain of underground facilities deep inside the Dasht e-Kavir (Great Salt Desert)...
  • Rivals thirst for duel in desert (Wednesday's Debate)

    02/21/2012 8:59:53 AM PST · by no dems · 4 replies
    The New York Post ^ | February 21, 2012 | S. A. Miller
    WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are sharpening their jabs for a debate showdown tomorrow, their last face-to-face confrontation before the increasingly tight GOP presidential primaries in Arizona and Michigan next Tuesday. Debates have marked a turning point at several junctures in the topsy-turvy 2012 Republican race, and the debate will be Romney’s best chance to blunt Santorum’s rapid rise. For Santorum, it’s a golden opportunity to solidify his standing as the leading conservative candidate in the race and build on momentum carrying his campaign forward since wins Feb. 7 in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. The CNN-sponsored debate in...
  • Sacrificing the desert to save the Earth

    02/05/2012 6:24:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 5, 2012 | By Julie Cart
    Environmentalists are torn over the high cost of breaking reliance on fossil fuels. Industrial-scale solar development is well underway in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. The federal government has furnished more public property to this cause than it has for oil and gas exploration over the last decade — 21 million acres. In the fight against climate change, the Mojave Desert is about to take one for the team. "I have spent my entire career thinking of myself as an advocate on behalf of public lands and acting for their protection," said Johanna Wald, a veteran environmental...
  • Reason TV Battle for the California Desert: Why is the Government Driving Folks Off the Land

    08/25/2011 10:58:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/25/11 | Reason TV
    <p>The Antelope Valley is a vast patch of desert on the outskirts of Los Angeles County, and a segment of the few rugged individualists who live out there increasingly are finding themselves the targets of armed raids from local code enforcement agents, who’ve assembled into task forces called Nuisance Abatement Teams (NATs).</p>
  • A Saudi Arabian Phenomenon Revisited [Video]

    08/20/2011 6:48:33 PM PDT · by OneVike · 27 replies
    News Blaze ^ | 8/20/11 | Chuck Ness
    The video you are about to watch was filmed by a driver who stopped along the freeway with many others just outside Al-Ahsa City, in Saudi Arabia. Throughout the last few years there have been many theories put forth as to what caused this phenomenon. Along with those theories, various names have been used to describe it, like "Sand Geyser," "Sand Fountain," "Sand Volcano," and "Sand Injectites." The quality of the video is not the best because it was filmed with a cell phone, and the person who filmed it has not ever identified himself. However, the video is...
  • AZ Wildfires.

    06/04/2011 7:35:44 PM PDT · by yankee turned redneck · 11 replies
    Will Arizona get federal help for their wildfires? I doubt it.
  • Have scientists discovered how to create downpours in the desert? (rain-making technology)

    01/03/2011 10:04:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/03/2010
    Technology created 50 rainstorms in Abu Dhabi's Al Ain region last year For centuries people living in the Middle East have dreamed of turning the sandy desert into land fit for growing crops with fresh water on tap. Now that holy grail is a step closer after scientists employed by the ruler of Abu Dhabi claim to have generated a series of downpours. Most of the storms were at the height of the summer in July and August when there is no rain at all. People living in Abu Dhabi were baffled by the rainfall which sometimes turned into hail...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Nov. 14-20, 2010: Wet and Dry

    11/17/2010 10:06:50 PM PST · by cogitator · 6 replies
    National Geographic ^ | August 2010
    Apologies! So here's two Geology Pictures of the Week, very different. Ansel Adams-ish picture of Old Faithful (click for 2x): And here's Wadi Hitan in Egypt, where whale fossils are found (this is a National Geographic wallpaper image). Click for 2x. 1600 x 1200 wallpaper NatGeo article, " Valley of the Whales"
  • Why I quit... Desert Storm vet explains decision to leave Air Force after 22 years

    11/07/2010 7:52:26 AM PST · by Nachum · 121 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Inter Lake ^ | 11/7/10 | By MIKE BANZET
    I never expected to write this letter, but my Mom e-mailed me to get information about my career for a writeup on Veterans Day, and as this is the first such holiday in 22 years when I will not be on active duty, I felt compelled to let you know why I decided to quit. Quit is a strong word, I know. Everyone I’ve talked to has repeated that I’ve had a marvelous career and that I’ve retired with honor. Maybe that’s true on paper; I guess that it’s reflected by the record. But that’s not how I feel. I...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, September 12-18, 2010: Badlands of Colombia

    09/18/2010 8:45:38 PM PDT · by cogitator · 16 replies
    These are near the volcano Nevado del Huila, southwest of Bogota. I wouldn't normally think of Colombia as a semi-desert environment, but these high alpine mountain basins can be pretty dry. [Click for full-size.]
  • Dems Desert Obama

    07/17/2010 4:41:09 PM PDT · by no dems · 33 replies ^ | July 16, 2010 | Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
    Throughout the Obama Administration, the president has been able to count on the solid support of Democrats. Not anymore. According to the FOX News/Opinion Dynamics poll, Obama’s job approval among Democrats has dropped from 84% two weeks ago (June 29-30) to 76% on July 13-14. At 76%, this level of job approval is below any the Fox News poll has ever recorded. Why the collapse? Most likely it is due to liberal disappointment with the continuation of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the continued use of Guantanamo, Obama’s inability to cope with the oil spill, and his refusal to...
  • Are you in a "Food Desert"? MO wants to "help" you . . .

    06/17/2010 7:08:22 PM PDT · by Ellendra · 31 replies · 604+ views
    Let's Move ^ | Let's Move
    More than 23 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods that are more than a mile from a supermarket. These communities, where access to affordable, quality, and nutritious foods is limited, are known as food deserts. By using the new interactive Food Environment Atlas, users can see the location of food deserts across the country and other indicators of how successful communities are in accessing healthy food. Lack of access to proper nutrition is one reason why many children are not eating the recommended levels of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Food insecurity and...
  • Geology Pictures of the (2) Weeks, May 30-June 12, 2010: If an arch falls in the desert...

    06/09/2010 9:22:55 PM PDT · by cogitator · 8 replies · 57+ views
    Panoramio and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory | Various
    If an arch falls in the desert... Sorry about last week, I literally lost track of time. So here are several images from another of those amazing state parks in America, this one called the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, which is within driving distance of Las Vegas (and you can apparently drive through part of it). The reason for this particular posting is that one of the many arches in the park fell down very recently. Erosion happens. When you see the arch that fell down, you can understand why; this one was pretty precarious. Article: Valley...
  • Supreme Court rules in favor of desert cross

    05/01/2010 12:19:25 PM PDT · by Christian Press · 3 replies · 397+ views ^ | April 30, 2010 | CP Staff Report
    In a 5 - 4 majority opinion filed today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the continued display of a lone cross in the Mojave Desert memorializing veterans of World War I. Read More Faith and Action, a Washington, DC-based Christian mission to government officials, had joined with other groups in support of the display located in a lonely stretch of desert near Barstow, California. In a legal brief filed with the Supreme Court, Faith and Action argued that the cross did not violate the First Amendment, as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had found. Rev....
  • Geology Picture of the Week, March 28 - April 3, 2010: Features of the Timna Valley, Israel

    04/01/2010 10:00:46 PM PDT · by cogitator · 7 replies · 545+ views
    Israel's Timna Valley and Timna Valley Park appears to be an interesting place for arid scenery. (Wikipedia entry) Copper was mined here back to the Stone Age through the Middle Ages. It's just a bit north of Eilat, the city at the end of the Gulf of Eilat (also known as the Gulf of Aqaba), the eastern bunny ear of the Red Sea. These pictures are of the Arches and the aptly named Mushroom. Click for full-size. Arch in Timna Valley, Israel Timna Park "The Mushroom" Distant shot of the Mushroom Brightly lighted Mushroom
  • Mojave Desert Solar Farm Blocked By Senator Dianne Feinstein

    12/22/2009 10:57:21 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 16 replies · 1,048+ views Times ^ | 12/22/09 | Kat Hannaford
    The Mojave Desert—last seen on our virtual pages when the SpaceShipTwo was unveiled—has leapt into the news again today, thanks to Senator Dianne Feinstein's legislation which will stop 13 solar plants and wind turbines from moving in. It'll certainly be a hindrance to California's plans of generating a third of their electricity from the renewable energy made from the million acres that had been slated for the eco-friendly wind-traps. Feinstein's reason for blocking the move is due to the national monuments which were promised to the area a decade ago, the land having been donated by an environmental group. Sure,...
  • Desert Vistas vs. Solar Power

    12/21/2009 6:48:20 PM PST · by americanophile · 29 replies · 1,124+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 21, 2009 | Todd Woody
    AMBOY, Calif. — Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation in Congress on Monday to protect a million acres of the Mojave Desert in California by scuttling some 13 big solar plants and wind farms planned for the region. But before the bill to create two new Mojave national monuments has even had its first hearing, the California Democrat has largely achieved her aim. Regardless of the legislation’s fate, her opposition means that few if any power plants are likely to be built in the monument area, a complication in California’s effort to achieve its aggressive goals for renewable energy. Developers of...
  • Geology Pictures of the Week, Dec. 6-12, 2009: A nice collection from Panoramio

    12/09/2009 9:11:32 PM PST · by cogitator · 14 replies · 749+ views
    Panoramio collection ^ | Jeff Sullivan
    While looking for something else, I stumbled across this guy's Panoramio collection. So I provide a sampling. He's got 17 pages worth, pretty good. He does some HDR (high dynamic range) -- I think I included one of those. Enjoy. (Click 'em for full-size.)
  • Legendary Lost Persian Army Found in Sahara

    11/09/2009 5:18:05 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 59 replies · 2,721+ views
    FOXNews ^ | 11/9/09 | Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni
    Herodotus wrote of a 50,000-man strong army that set out on foot into the Egyptian desert in 525 B.C. and was never heard from again ... until today.A pair of Italian archaeologists have uncovered bronze weapons, a silver bracelet, an earring and hundreds of human bones in the vast desolate wilderness of the Sahara desert. Twin brothers Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni are hopeful that they've finally found the lost army of Persian King Cambyses II. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Cambyses II and his armied were buried by a cataclysmic sandstorm in 525 B.C. He wrote, "a wind...
  • Pumpkin Bars

    10/30/2009 1:49:19 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies · 442+ views ^ | 10/30/2009 | Chef Nettie
    These Festive Fall deserts are perfect for Halloween or anytime you want a sweet treat. Mmmmmmmmm!
  • Environmental concerns delay solar projects in California desert

    10/19/2009 12:57:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,333+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/19/09 | Louis Sahagun
    Reporting from El Centro, Calif. - Across the desert flatlands of southeastern California, dozens of companies have flooded federal offices with applications to place solar mirrors on more than a million acres of public land. But just as some of those projects appear headed toward fruition, environmental hurdles threaten to jeopardize efforts to further tap the region's renewable energy potential. The development of solar-power facilities in the desert has been a top priority of the Obama administration as it seeks to ease the nation's dependence on fossil fuels and curb global warming. In addition, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has urged that...
  • Geology Picture of the Weeks, Aug. 26-Sep. 6, 2009: Geologic Color

    08/27/2009 8:54:57 PM PDT · by cogitator · 7 replies · 816+ views
    Since I probably won't be able to post next week (thought I might try to sneak one in Sunday) I'm putting up some colorful images. Hope you like. Another place I'm unlikely ever to visit: Akpatok Island, Ungava Bay, Canada: From space: Akpatok Island lies in Ungava Bay in northern Quebec, Canada. Accessible only by air, Akpatok Island rises out of the water as sheer cliffs that soar 500 to 800 feet (150 to 243 m) above the sea surface. The island is an important sanctuary for cliff-nesting seabirds. Numerous ice floes around the island attract walrus and whales, making...
  • Las Vegas Boy Dies After Getting Stranded in Death Valley

    08/07/2009 6:59:42 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 104 replies · 4,359+ views
    Las Vegas Now ^ | Aug 7, 2009 | AP
    <p>An 11-year-old Las Vegas boy died after his mother's car got stuck in sand for five days on their way to Death Valley for a camping trip, officials said Friday.</p> <p>Carlos Sanchez and his 28-year-old mother set out for an overnight trip to the area Aug. 1, but were stranded when their car got stuck about 20 miles east of Trona. The mother's name has not been released.</p>
  • Sahara Desert Greening Due to Climate Change?

    08/02/2009 6:38:05 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies · 2,009+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | July 31, 2009 | James Owen
    Desertification, drought, and despair—that's what global warming has in store for much of Africa. Or so we hear. Emerging evidence is painting a very different scenario, one in which rising temperatures could benefit millions of Africans in the driest parts of the continent. Scientists are now seeing signals that the Sahara desert and surrounding regions are greening due to increasing rainfall. If sustained, these rains could revitalize drought-ravaged regions, reclaiming them for farming communities. This desert-shrinking trend is supported by climate models, which predict a return to conditions that turned the Sahara into a lush savanna some 12,000 years ago....
  • Wall 'could stop desert spread'

    07/24/2009 3:05:40 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 710+ views
    bbc ^ | July 2009 | Jonathan Fildes
    A plan to build a 6,000km-long wall across the Sahara Desert to stop the spread of the desert has been outlined. The barrier - formed by solidifying sand dunes - would stretch from Mauritania in the west of Africa to Djibouti in the east. The plan was put forward by architect Magnus Larsson at the TED Global conference in Oxford. A 2007 UN study described desertification as "the greatest environmental challenge of our times".
  • World’s longest golf course to open in Australia (848 miles of desert, 18 holes/towns)

    07/14/2009 2:37:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1,120+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/14/09 | Agence France-Presse
    MELBOURNE (AFP) – The world’s longest golf course, stretching along 1,365 kilometers (848 miles) of desert highway with holes at 18 towns and service stations, is to open in Australia this year, organizers said Tuesday. The Nullarbor Links, which will span two time zones and measure more than the entire length of Britain, is expected to be completed next month and will host its inaugural tournament on October 22. “We’re very excited about it. It’s been a long time coming and a lot of effort,” project chairman Don Harrington told AFP. “This is the longest golf course in the world....
  • TMLC: ACLU Seeks to Tear Down Another War Memorial Cross; TMLC Files US Supreme Court Brief in Opp.

    06/08/2009 11:35:00 AM PDT · by Gene Eric · 10 replies · 1,300+ views
    Thomas More Law Center ^ | June 08, 2009 | (no annotation)
    ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced today that it has filed a friend of the court brief opposing the ACLU’s campaign to tear down another war memorial cross.At issue is a small cross originally erected on Sunrise Rock in 1934 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in memory of the dead of all wars.  The cross is located in California’s Mojave Desert, in a remote area where the only visible signs of human activity are off-road vehicles and trail hikers.  The ACLU succeeded in its...
  • Oldest patch of ground on earth discovered in Israel's Negev desert; unchanged for 1.8 million years

    05/05/2009 4:58:31 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 24 replies · 1,445+ views
    Daily News ^ | May 5th 2009 | Olivia Smith
    If only they could pave highways with this stuff. Scientists have discovered a patch of the earth's surface that remains virtually the same as it was 1.8 million years ago - and it looks pretty good for its age. Researchers are calling an expanse of "desert pavement" in Israel's Negev Desert the oldest continuous surface on earth, the current issue of the journal GSA Bulletin reports.
  • Calif.'s Solar Flare-Up

    03/27/2009 6:40:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies · 862+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 27, 2009
    Energy: The governor wants to carpet the desert with solar panels. The senator says it will destroy the ecosystem. The battle between environmentalists and conservationists is one of alternative energy's big drawbacks.We have commented frequently on how our energy needs have been thwarted repeatedly by the not-in-my-back-yard (Nimby) crowd and the new Banana (build-absolutely-nothing-anywhere-near-anybody) phenomenon. Environmentalists and conservationists have long fanned local fears to block oil and gas exploration from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the Outer Continental Shelf. Even nonpolluting and carbon-free nuclear power plants have been stopped dead in their tracks. So it's delicious irony to watch...
  • Astronomy: The rock that fell to Earth

    03/26/2009 11:07:08 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies · 873+ views
    Nature ^ | 3/25/09 | Roberta Kwok
    When an asteroid was spotted heading towards our planet last October, researchers rushed to document a cosmic impact from start to finish for the first time. Roberta Kwok tells the tale.Around midnight on 6 October 2008, a white dot flitted across the screen of Richard Kowalski's computer at an observatory atop Mount Lemmon in Arizona. Kowalski had seen hundreds of such dots during three and a half years of scanning telescope images for asteroids that might hit Earth or come close. He followed the object through the night and submitted the coordinates, as usual, to the Minor Planet Center in...
  • Feinstein: Don't Spoil Our Desert With Solar Panels

    03/21/2009 9:27:50 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 129 replies · 2,803+ views ^ | Saturday, March 21, 2009
    WASHINGTON -- California's Mojave Desert may seem ideally suited for solar energy production, but concern over what several proposed projects might do to the aesthetics of the region and its tortoise population is setting up a potential clash between conservationists and companies seeking to develop renewable energy. Feinstein said Friday she intends to push legislation that would turn the land into a national monument, which would allow for existing uses to continue while preventing future development.
  • Feinstein seeks monument status for desert swath

    03/20/2009 7:20:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,226+ views
    AP on Mercury News ^ | 3/20/09 | Kevin Freking - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 500,000 acres in the Mojave Desert would be off-limits to wind or solar energy production under legislation Sen. Dianne Feinstein intends to introduce. The land is coveted by companies seeking to develop alternative energy, setting up a potential clash with one of the more powerful members of Congress. The land would seem ideally suited for solar energy production. Nineteen companies have submitted applications to build solar or wind facilities on the property, but such development would violate the spirit of what conservationists had intended when they donated much of the land to the public, said...
  • White Masters in the deserts of China?

    03/11/2009 5:30:22 PM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 867+ views
    Philip Coppens ^ | 11 Mar 2009 | Philip Coppens
    The discovery of Caucasoid mummies in China shows that East and West might have been meeting since the Bronze Age. Do they validate some of the ancient legends? Cherchen Man mummy Christopher Columbus is said to have been the first who broke down the barrier that was the Atlantic Ocean, that body of water that separated two continents. But no such barriers – whether natural or ideological – existed between Europe and the East – one could travel over land. Nevertheless, the discovery of Caucasoid mummies has provided not only indisputable evidence that Europeans travelled very far East, it has...
  • TX: Emergency beacons aid immigrants in Texas desert

    03/07/2009 7:46:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 865+ views
    Caller-Times ^ | 3/7/09 | AP
    FALFURRIAS — A pair of emergency beacons has been placed in South Texas to help stranded illegal immigrants as they try to head north from the border along a popular desert trail, the U.S. Border Patrol said. The beacons, .. are designed to alert authorities if an immigrant or anyone else finds themselves in distress in the rugged terrain. ... The beacons have instructions in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, ... Border Patrol officials already have placed 18 beacons in the desert in Arizona.
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Nov. 2-8, 2008: La Ventana Arch

    11/04/2008 9:52:26 AM PST · by cogitator · 14 replies · 1,118+ views
    Never heard of this one before, and it's easy to get to. And impressive. Here's a different perspective. And this one is pretty nice. Click for full-size.
  • Geology Picture of the Week, October 5-11, 2008: Namibia Sands

    10/09/2008 6:06:07 AM PDT · by cogitator · 16 replies · 696+ views
    Absolute Namibia ^ | Frantisek Staud
    One more week for the "art" theme, this time the desert and coastal landscape of Namibia, again from Frantisek Staud.
  • Snowbirds fly friendly desert sky

    10/02/2008 4:57:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 500+ views
    DOUGLAS — All eyes were turned skyward on Wednesday at Douglas Municipal Airport as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds in their red and white jets with blue stripes shot across the sky casting shadows over “D” Hill. “So, what do you think, guys? Does that look like fun?” asked Snowbird Capt. Eric Willrich of the 2,000 students and spectators who came out for the mid-week air show. Willrich is the newest member of the Snowbirds and has found his niche, just not in a spot between positions No. 4 and No. 6. His forte is on the ground, talking to the...