Sunday, 24 April 2016

Sinkholes and Alice in Wonderland

Ripon has associations with Lewis Carroll, the subsidence events caused by gysum dissolution there may even have inspired the story about 'Alice in Wonderland'.

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Friday, 22 April 2016

Another earthquake in Ecuador

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude struck off Ecuador's disaster-stricken coast on Thursday, as survivors of an earlier deadly quake that killed 587 people clamored for food, water and medicine in parts of the disaster zone. 

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Where are all the world's McDonald's?


In 1940 the first MC Donald opened in California. Now more than 75 years later there are over 36.000 MC Donald restaurants in 119 countries.

Where are those restaurants :

The no MC Donalds map>>>

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Earthquake Ecuador

Only 24 hours after the last earthquake in Japan also Ecuador has been hit by a strong quake (7.8)

 The infographic by Jay Patton :

USGS information >>>
 More from Jay Patton about the ecuador quake >>>

Friday, 15 April 2016

Japan earthquakes

The April 15, 2016 M 7.0 earthquake north of Kumamoto, on the island of Kyushu in southwest Japan, occurred as the result of strike-slip faulting at shallow depth. It was one day after a series of foreshocks in the same region, which included M 6.2 and M 6.0 earthquakes. The April 14 events resulted in at least 9 fatalities and over 800 injuries

More on the usgs website >>> 
BBC news >>>>

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Hans Rosling asks: Has the UN gone mad?

The United Nations just announced their boldest goal ever: To eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, already by 2030.

 Looking at the realities of extremely poor people the goal seems impossible. The rains didn’t fall in Malawi this year. The poor farmers Dunstar & Jenet, gather a tiny maize harvest in a small pile on the ground outside their mud hut. But Dunstar & Jenet know exactly what they need to break the vicious circle of poverty.

And Hans Rosling shows how billions of people have already managed. This year’s “hunger season” may very well be Dunster’s & Jenet’s last. Up-to-date statistics show that recent global progress is ‘the greatest story of our time – possibly the greatest story in all of human history.

The goal seems unrealistic to many highly educated people because their worldview is lagging 60 years behind reality.

DON'T PANIC — Hans Rosling showing the facts about population from Gapminder on Vimeo.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Salton Sea

One of the world's largest inland seas and lowest spots on earth at -227 below sea level, Salton Sea was re-created in 1905 when high spring flooding on the Colorado River crashed the canal gates leading into the developing Imperial Valley. Salton Sea State Recreation Area covers 14 miles of the northeastern shore and has long been a popular site for campers, boaters and anglers. Increasing salinity in the Salton Sea basin has limited the number of types of fish that can be found there, and most fish currently caught are Tilapia. Varner Harbor within the SRA provides easy access to the sea for boating and water skiing. Kayakers, campers, birdwatchers, photographers and hikers can enjoy the site's many recreation opportunities.


Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California's largest lake a few years ago are now bone-dry. It's now more like the Aralsea

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Popocatepetl eruption

The largest Volcano in Mexico erupted this week Popocat├ępetl . The smokey mountain is is 5 km high and 50 km from Mexico city.


Videofootage from a webcam.