Tag: phenomena

Dec 27, 2012

Picture of the Day: Behind a Frozen Waterfall

Picture of the Day: Behind a Frozen Waterfall

BEHIND A FROZEN WATERFALL Photograph by Matt Sepeta Located in Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnehaha Falls can be found near the entrance to Minnehaha Park, a 193-acre park divided into two main portions: an upper section above the falls which is kept trimmed and maintained like many other city parks, and the lower section…

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Dec 19, 2012

Picture of the Day: Lightning Strikes a Fairway

Picture of the Day: Lightning Strikes a Fairway

LIGHTNING STRIKES A FAIRWAY Photograph via SmangAllDay on Reddit Redditor SmangAllDay shared this photo earlier this week of his local golf course after being struck by lightning. The fascinating fractal pattern you see on the fairway is known as a Lichtenberg figure which has been featured on the Sifter previously. For those…

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Dec 14, 2012

Picture of the Day: Bowling Ball Beach

Picture of the Day: Bowling Ball Beach

BOWLING BALL BEACH Photograph by Brocken Inaglory Located along the Mendocino coast of California, USA, Bowling Ball Beach is located about three miles south of Point Arena, where Schooner Gulch Road intersects State Highway 1. Until recently there were two trailheads from this location. The Southern trail still leads visitors to Schooner…

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Dec 11, 2012

Picture of the Day: The Vapor Cone

Picture of the Day: The Vapor Cone

THE VAPOR CONE Photograph by Joe Oliva/U.S. Air Force An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with the Viper East Demonstration Team from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., creates a ‘cone’ of condensation on Aug. 21, 2010, as he nears Mach 1 during a flyby at an open house at Volk Field Air National…

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Dec 4, 2012

Picture of the Day: Figure 8 Algal Bloom from Space

Picture of the Day: Figure 8 Algal Bloom from Space

FIGURE 8 ALGAL BLOOM FROM SPACE Photograph by ESA In this Envisat image acquired on 2 December 2011, a phytoplankton bloom swirls a figure-of-8 in the South Atlantic Ocean about 600 km east of the Falkland Islands. Different types and quantities of phytoplankton exhibit different colours, such as the blues and greens…

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Dec 3, 2012

Lake Hillier: The Pink Lake in Australia

Lake Hillier: The Pink Lake in Australia

Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News (via Exposing the Truth Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, a group of about 105 islands and over 1,200 ‘obstacles to shipping’. The tiny lake only…

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Oct 12, 2012

Picture of the Day: The Highest of All Clouds

Picture of the Day: The Highest of All Clouds

THE HIGHEST OF ALL CLOUDS Photograph by Kelly Speelman/National Science Federation In this photo by Kelly Speelman of the National Science Federation, we see Nacreous clouds observed on January 6, 2011. These polar stratospheric clouds at 80,000 feet (24,384 m) are the highest of all clouds. They only occur in the…

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