The effect of climate change on Washington State could be $10 BILLION per year.
The most heavily polluted waterways in the United States, broken down by state. Happy Monday, folks:
Saudi Arabia is drilling for a resource possibly more precious than oil.
Over the last 24 years, it has tapped hidden reserves of water to grow wheat and other crops in the Syrian Desert. This time series of data shows images acquired by three different Landsat satellites operated by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey
A cool map illustrating the different ways we refer to water bodies, which reflects settlement patterns by people with different cultural backgrounds.
Lime green bayous follow historical French settlement patterns along the Gulf Coast and up Louisiana streams. The distribution of the Dutch-derived term kill (dark blue) in New York echoes the colonial settlement of “New Netherland” (as well as furnishing half of a specific toponym to the Catskill Mountains). Similarly, the spanish-derived terms rio, arroyo, and cañada (orange hues) trace the early advances of conquistadors into present-day northern New Mexico, an area that still retains some unique culturaltraits. Washes in the southwest reflect the intermittent rainfall of the region, while streams named swamps (desaturated green) along the Atlantic seaboard highlight where the coastal plain meets the Appalachian Piedmont at the fallline.
A species of lizard native to the Hawaiian Islands—the copper striped blue-tailed skink is now officially extinct.
Summer in Winter?
A huge, lingering ridge of high pressure over the eastern half of the United States brought summer-like temperatures to North America in March 2012. The warm weather shattered records across the central and eastern United States and much of Canada. From NASA’s Earth Observatory.
— City council president Blair Patton in Choteau, Montana, whose town is gearing up for an economic boom coming from a new equipment plant supplying machinery to Canada’s tar sands. Quoted in the Billings Gazette.
Time lapse in Joshua Tree National Park.
The U.S. Geological Survey has photographs that rock.
The old ones are especially cool. From Scientific American.