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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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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 

Sunglint on the Aegean and Mediterranean

From NASA Earth:

Sunglint on the Aegean and Mediterranean

On July 6, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of sunglint on the waters around Crete and the Aegean Islands.

The phenomenon of sunglint is a matter of optics. Areas where the sea surface is smoother reflect more sunlight directly back to the satellite’s imager. In contrast, areas of rougher water appear darker because light is scattered in many more directions.

Dry, cool winds from the north, called the Etesian winds, are common over the Aegean Sea during summer. On the windward side of the islands, those winds pile up the water and disturb the surface. But as those air masses run into the islands and their rocky peaks, a “wind shadow” with much calmer winds (and seas) form on the leeward side of islands (in this case, the south sides). Darker areas amid the bright streaks could be the result of wind or water turbulence, or perhaps breaks in the wind-blocking land topography. 

#NASA #Satellite #Sunglint 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Gates of the Mountains

From Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail:

"At each bend in the waterway, great stone walls seemed to block passage, only to open like gentle giant gates as the expedition drew near," Meriwether Lewis wrote on July 19, 1805. "“I shall call this place gates of the mountains."
If you’re interested in seeing the area described by Captain Lewis, you’ll find the Gates of the Mountains just north of Helena, Montana.
Holter Dam, constructed in 1918 about 10 miles downstream from the Gates of the Mountains, has raised water levels in the Gates area by about 30 feet. Yet, it’s easy to be a part of the Expedition, seeing the limestone walls the way the men of the Corps saw them.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Why Working with Untamed Lions is a Very Bad Idea


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3D face scanning could replace Touch ID on the iPhone 8 (Apple Byte)

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Gila Cliff Dwellings

From Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument:

Cave 2 and its T-shaped door are evidence of Ancestral Puebloan influence in the construction of the Gila Cliff Dwellings.

What is the purpose of this T-shaped door? Does the shape of this door mean the same to the Mogollon as it did for the Pueblos? Or was it just a interesting piece of architecture that one of the Mogollon decided to include in the construction of this dwelling? 

This T-shaped door is one of the many mysteries surrounding the Gila Cliff Dwellings and the Mogollon that called the cliffs home. 

#NationalMonument #NewMexico #NM 

Sunset at Yellowstone National Park

From U.S. Department of the Interior:

This year’s summer solstice did not disappoint at Yellowstone National Park. As it started to rain in the evening, it seemed like sunset was going to be a bust, but the storm cleared up in time to reveal this jaw-dropping moment. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service. — at Yellowstone National Park

#Sunset #scenic #landscape #NationalPark #YellowstoneNationalPark 

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Deer on Hines Hill Road

From Cuyahoga Valley National Park:

There are a few detours in the Park this summer because of road construction, but sometimes a road less-traveled leads to a beautiful surprise. These deer were spotted on Hines Hill Road heading up to Brandywine Falls. 

#NationalPark #Ohio #OH 

Arkansas Post National Memorial

From Midwest National Parks:

On this day in 1960, Arkansas Post National Memorial was established. The Arkansas Post was the first European settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley when Henri de Tonti established it in 1686 as a French trading post on the banks of the lower Arkansas River. The French and Spanish traded with the Quapaw, and the post was of strategic value to the French, Spanish, and later Americans. It was designated as the first capital of the Arkansas Territory in 1819.

In 1960, the site was protected as a National Memorial and National Historic Landmark; it commemorates the history of several cultures and time periods: the Quapaw, French, Spanish, an American Revolutionary War skirmish in 1783, and a Civil War battle in 1863. Over time, the Arkansas River eroded much of the historic settlements away. Learn more at

#MidwestNPS National Park Service 

#Arkansas #AR #MississippiRiver #trade #trading 

Scary scene, or cool?

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

Scary scene, or cool? 

The U.S. Navy’s future USS Billings launches sideways into the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin, following its christening. Once commissioned, the Billings, which honors #Montana's largest city, will be the first ship of its name in naval service. 

#Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin 

#military #defense #river #Wisconsin #WI 

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Exploring an Abandoned Fortress!

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kennedy Space Center Visit

From NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

Tomorrow, watch live at 12 p.m. EDT as Vice President Mike Pence arrives at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He’ll be touring the center to learn about our work as a multi-user spaceport for commercial and government clients, as well as see our progress toward launching from U.S. soil on spacecraft built by American companies, and traveling past the moon and eventually on to Mars and beyond with the help of our new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket. Details:

#NASA #MikePence #KennedySpaceCenter #Florida #FL #spacecraft #moon #Mars

#solarsystem #SpaceLaunchSystem

AS-203 Rocket & Space Launch System

From NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

On July 5, 1966, the AS-203 rocket, an uncrewed test of the Saturn second stage rocket, launched from our Kennedy Space Center. The rocket eventually took the Apollo astronauts to the moon and back. We're now developing and testing our Space Launch System that will carry humanity deeper into space than ever before. Learn more:

#NASA #rocket #KennedySpaceCenter #astronaut #moon #solarsystem


From NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

This high-resolution view of Saturn's moon Epimetheus shows a surface covered in craters, vivid reminders of the hazards of space. At 70 miles or 113 kilometers across, Epimetheus is too small for its gravity to hold onto an atmosphere. It is also too small to be geologically active. There is therefore no way to erase the scars from meteor impacts, except for the generation of new impact craters on top of old ones. Details:

#NASA #solarsystem #Saturn #Epimetheus #moon #meteor

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

From U.S. Department of the Interior:

Propelled by relentless ocean waves and strong onshore winds, small grains of sand accumulated to form the impressive dunes of Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge in California. Stretching inland from the Pacific Ocean, the migrating dunes are home to a unique ecosystem of plants and animals, like the northern elephant seal, the western snowy plover and the California red-legged frog. Two remote hiking areas offer visitors a chance to explore this dynamic landscape in peace and solitude. Photo by Ian Shive, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. — at Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

#scenic #landscape #California #CA #ecosystem #plants #animals #hike #hiking 

Jupiter Fly-by July 10

From NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

New images of Jupiter will assist with the first-ever close-up study of the planet's Great Red Spot on July 10 by our Juno spacecraft, which will fly directly over the giant planet's most famous feature at an altitude of only about 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers). Details:

#NASA #Jupiter #SolarSystem #Juno #JunoSpacecraft

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