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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Batman Moments That Will Never Be On The Big Screen


From NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

As Antarctica remains shrouded in darkness during winter in the Southern Hemisphere, we captured a new image of the 2,240-square-mile iceberg that split off from the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf earlier this month. Learn more:


Canes Venatici

From NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

About 24 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs) lies a spiral galaxy that is a beautiful clump of glowing gas, dark dust and glittering stars. This Hubble Space Telescope image is part of telescope's first ultraviolet “atlas,” a survey of 50 nearby star-forming galaxies. Studying this sample can help us to piece together the star-formation history of the Universe. Details:

#NASA #HubbleSpaceTelescope #HubbleTelescope


Cottonwood Lake Study Area

From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region:

Cottonwood Lake Study Area in #NorthDakota has been designated a #Wetlands of Distinction by theSociety of Wetland Scientists 

Photo: Brittany Hanson/USFWS 


Eclipse Balloon Project

From NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

Our Eclipse Balloon Project is sending more than 50 high-altitude balloons launched by students to livestream aerial footage of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse from the edge of space. Learn how this will help simulate life’s ability to survive beyond Earth – and maybe even on Mars: #Eclipse2017

#Eclipse #Eclipse2017 #NASA


From Petrified Forest National Park:

Phytosaur fossils are some of the most abundant vertebrate fossils in the park. These long-snouted reptiles are closely related to archosaurs. They look very much like the modern crocodylians, but there are several things that differentiate phytosaurs from crocodylians. First, the nostrils of phytosaurs are located high up on the skull, almost between the eyes! Second, phytosaurs do not have a complete bony roof over the mouth. Third, phytosaurs have a paired row of armor scutes down their back, unlike crocodylians that have multiple rows. Two of the phytosaurs that you would encounter at Petrified Forest in the Triassic are named Smilosuchus and Machaeroprosopus. Illustration by Jeff Martz. (hl)#fossils #ScienceSaturday #parkscience 


Eruption at Sabancaya

From NASA Earth:

Eruption at Sabancaya

On July 26, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of a volcanic plume billowing from Sabancaya volcano in southern Peru. The rising ash cast a shadow on the ground below.

Activity at Sabancaya has gradually increased over the course of July 2017, according to reports cited by the Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program. The volcano has been erupting sporadically since 2014 and more consistently since the middle of 2016.

#Volcano #Peru

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Star Light, Star Bright

From U.S. Department of Defense (DoD):

Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have my sailor home tonight.

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) patrols waters off the coast of Australia under a star-lit night during #TalismanSaber 17. 

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Clay 


3DEP and America's Infrastructure

From U.S. Geological Survey (USGS):

3DEP and America's Infrastructure: The USGS is seeing a dramatic increase in the use of 3 dimensional geospatial data for infrastructure planning, modeling and construction. Infrastructure and construction management, which encompasses the physical framework of transportation, energy, communications, water supply, and other systems, are critical to the Nation’s prosperity. Industries, governments and other public and private agencies are progressively using 3D light detection and ranging (lidar) elevation data, as part of the national 3D Elevation Program, to improve productivity, safety, and cost-savings for infrastructure projects.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

From Midwest National Parks:

"The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us..."

― John Muir

#FindYourPark #MidwestNPS National Park Service Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

From U.S. Department of the Interior:

In 1968 Congress passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to ensure that some of our most cherished river segments are conserved in their natural, untamed state for us and for future generations. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark act next year, #FindYourWay on these amazing rivers:

#Scenic #Landscape #River

Eclipse 2017

From U.S. Department of the Interior:

For thousands of years, people have observed the phenomena when the moon completely obscures the sun, making the sun's corona visible for a moment in time, and this year many in the U.S. will get that chance! Some of the best places to view the #Eclipse2017 are located on public lands across the Midwest. Where will you watch the eclipse?

Photo by NASA. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Chincoteague Pony Swim

From U.S. Department of Defense (DoD):

Who isn't ready for a dip in the ocean by Friday?

A herd of wild ponies crosses #Assateague Channel during the 92nd Chincoteague #PonySwim on #Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Two boat crews from U.S. Coast Guard Station Chincoteague enforced safety zones for the event, which drew thousands of onlookers from across the country.

#CoastGuard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki 

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Grassland Fires Tear Through Montana

From NASA Earth:

Grassland Fires Tear Through Montana

In July 2017, several fast-moving wildfires tore through northeastern Montana, charring hundreds of thousands of acres near Fort Peck Lake.

As of July 25, 2017, the Lodgepole Complex and Crying fire had burned a combined 257,000 acres (400 square miles or 1,000 square kilometers)—an area roughly the size of New York City. Firefighters had gained the upper hand on the Crying fire, which was 60 percent contained; the Lodgepole complex fires were just 20 percent controlled.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image of the fires on July 23, 2017. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. Charred vegetation appears black.

Montana’s governor has declared a fire emergency, and more than 700 firefighters are on the scene. Drought and a persistent heat wave turned grasslands into a tinderbox. In July 2017, the U.S. Drought Monitor ranked the drought affecting this part of Montana as extreme, one of the most severe ratings on the scale.

The fires have burned through sagebrush steppe grasslands, as well as scattered pine forests. Many sagebrush landscapes in the West have been transformed by the arrival of invasive grass species—particularly cheatgrass—that lead to more frequent and severe burns, according to some fire specialists. Severe fires, in turn, make it difficult for sagebrush to regrow, which has contributed to sagebrush steppe becoming of one the most imperiled ecosystems in the United States. 

#Wildfire #Montana #MT 

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

45th anniversary of the launch of the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (renamed Landsat 1)

From U.S. Geological Survey (USGS):

Our Landsat image of the day recognizes the 45th anniversary of the launch of the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (renamed Landsat 1) on July 23, 1972. Soon after, the first of millions of Landsat images arrived. The first image in the Landsat archive is this false-color image of Dallas, Texas. See the original post here:

During our month-long focus on mapping, we'll be posting a daily image from the Image of the Week archive at Come on over to see more images, or go here to learn more about Landsat: #USGS #Science#SatelliteImagery #Mapping #Dallas #Texas

#Landsat #Satellite #Imagery


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

From U.S. Department of the Interior:

Perched on bluffs 400 feet above Lake Michigan,Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan is a great place for lake vistas and sunset viewing. With 65 miles of shoreline and numerous inland lakes and streams, the park is perfect for lovers of aquatic fun. Put it on your summer bucketlist! Photo by Ben Wynsma ( — at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

#Michigan #MI 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Natural Beauty of Mount Rainier National Park

From U.S. Department of the Interior:

From its glacier-covered peak to waterfalls running through mountain valleys carpeted in wildflowers, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington will shock you with its natural beauty. Spread over 235,625 acres, the park has over 260 miles of hiking trails and an unlimited number of amazing views. Photo by Joe Kunesh ( — at Mount Rainier National Park

#NationalPark #Washington #WA #Scenic #Landscape 


July Snow on Sangre de Cristo Mountains Above the Dunes

From Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve:

July Snow on Sangre de Cristo Mountains Above the Dunes
NPS/Patrick Myers

Snow can fall any month of the year on the alpine tundra in Colorado! In summer, it often falls as "graupel" (also called corn snow or snow pellets). Pictured is the snow that dusted some of the ridges above the dunes this week. 

Hikers up there may have experienced "walking in a winter wonderland" in July!

#greatsanddunes #julysnow #summersnow #snow#sangredecristomountains 

#Colorado #CO #NationalPark 


Today is World Listening Day

From Capitol Reef National Park:

Today is World Listening Day. Capitol Reef’s soundscape is a fragile natural resource that is both crucial to environmental health and defining of the human experience. 

See for information about how the National Park Service measures sounds.

What natural sounds do you enjoy hearing when you visit parks?

NPS photo/Jennette Jurado; Big Bend National Park 



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#Animals #Cat

A Centure of Ingenuity and Invention

From NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

Air travel, spaceflight, robotic solar-system missions: science fiction to those alive at the turn of the 20th century became science fact to those living in the 21st thanks to NASA Langley Research Center, which is celebrating a century of ingenuity and invention. Explore a century of innovation: #NASALangley100


Happy 100th

From NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

Happy 100th birthday to NASA Langley Research Center! Today, we’re celebrating #NASALangley100 past, present and future. Discover their storied legacy:



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Noisy Earth

From NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

Listen to the Earth sing...or at least whistle! Space is neither empty, nor is it silent. In space, energetic charged particles, governed by magnetic and electric fields, behave unlike anything we experience on Earth. In regions laced with magnetic fields, such as the space environment surrounding our planet, particles are continually tossed to and fro by the motion of various electromagnetic waves, which like the roaring ocean surf, create a rhythmic cacophony that — with the right tools — we can hear across space! Listen now:



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cliff Dweller Canyon

From Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument:

Walk in the shade and enjoy the sights and sounds that Cliff Dweller Canyon has to offer.

Don't let the shade and little stream fool you, it can still get really steamy down at the bottom of the canyon.

Please, for your own safety, be sure to bring plenty of water and to take a few sips now and then. Dehydration is a serious medical condition and can lead to life threatening conditions. It is also a very long way from the nearest medical center.

Have fun while in your Park, but be sure to play safe while you visit. 

#NationalMonument #NewMexico #NM 


Frigid Beauty

From NASA Earth:

On May 29, 2017, NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of ice covering the Amundsen Gulf, Great Bear Lake, and numerous small lakes in the northern reaches of Canada’s Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Sea ice generally forms in the Gulf of Amundsen in December or January and breaks up in June or July.

Icy lakes and rivers make a significant footprint on the Arctic landscape. Though widely dispersed, lakes cover as much as 40 to 50 percent of the land in many parts of the Arctic, and seasonal lake and river ice covers about 2 percent of all of Earth’s land surfaces. Because lakes and rivers have the highest evaporation rate of any surface in high latitudes, understanding and monitoring seasonal ice cover is critical to accurately forecasting the weather and understanding climate processes. 

#NASA #Satellite #Earth #Canada #Ice #Arctic #lake #river 


Historical Photos of George Armstrong Custer

From US National Archives Archival Recovery Program:

Within our holdings are some photos of George Armstrong Custer taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corp. You can find this at It is kept in Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860-1985, Series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes, 1921-1940. 

#GeorgeCuster #Army #History 


Capitol Reef National Park

From Capitol Reef National Park:

"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." - Gary Snyder 

#NationalPark #Scenic #Landscape #Utah #UT 


The Bleeder

From Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail:

We know that on occasion men of the Corps or members of native tribes were “bled” by Captains Lewis or Clark. This was a common medical practice of the time period, lasting well into the late 19th century. Dr. Benjamin Rush, who provided training to Meriwether Lewis prior to the journey, was a strong believer in bleeding for nearly any medical situation. 

Rush was often referred to as “The Bleeder” because he, like many physicians of the day, believed that illnesses were caused by “bad blood.” It was logical in this mindset that you should remove some of the offending substance. So he would repeatedly bleed his patients and suggested anywhere from eight to 80 ounces could be removed! To him, the theory held true because the patient relaxed after a good bloodletting – of course, what really happened was a patient’s blood pressure dropped to the point where they passed out. 

#medical #medicine #frontier 


Harry Truman and the Secret Service

From Harry S Truman National Historic Site:

Harry Truman sometimes bristled at the restrictions the Secret Service imposed upon him. At the same time, he understood the need for security after he was the target of a serious assassination attempt in 1950. In the aftermath, much attention was drawn to the fact that neither the Secret Service – nor any other law enforcement agency – was legally empowered to protect the president. At long last, Congress was moved to act. On July 16, 1951, Truman himself signed the bill authorizing the Secret Service to protect the president. “Well,” the president said, “it is wonderful to know that the work of protecting me has at last become legal.” 



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Stunning Sunset at Upper Klamath Lake

From Bureau of Reclamation:

As we wind the weekend down, we'd like to leave you with a stunning #SunsetSunday photo, captured by Reclamation's Alex Stephens on Upper Klamath Lake, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Learn more about the Klamath Project here:

#sunset #sunriseandsunset #oregon #OR

Forest at Shenandoah National Park

From U.S. Department of the Interior:

Whether you have an hour, a day or a week, Shenandoah National Park is a great place to explore. Meander along Skyline Drive, picnic with the family or walk through the forested hillsides, where oak trees, birches and poplars stretch to the sky. Photo from Low Gap (mile 8) by N. Lewis, National Park Service. — at Shenandoah National Park

#NationalPark #Virginia #VA