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Ribbed Saddle-Oyster Pododesmus patelliformis
2013-04-16 21:12:04

Pododesmus patelliformis, also known as ribbed saddle-oyster, is a species of bivalve mollusk within the family Anomiidae. It can be found in the northeast Atlantic Ocean. This oyster has a thin asymmetric shell up to 4 centimeters in length which is white, occasionally with brown markings. The outline is roughly circular and the beaks are central but set further back from the margin. The...

Lithophaga Lithophaga
2013-04-16 15:52:00

Lithophaga lithophaga, known also as date shells or date mussels, are a species of Bivalvia. They can be seen in northeast Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. They are found on the Adriatic coast of Croatia and Montenegro under the name prstaci. They bore into marine rocks, creating a boring called Gastrochaenolites. Several governments have restricted the collecting of...

Grand Canyon National Park
2013-03-19 15:03:05

Grand Canyon National Park is located in the American state of Arizona and is the country’s fifteenth established park. The main feature of the park is the Grand Canyon, which is a gorge of the Colorado River, and is often thought of as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The park contains 1,217,262 acres of land. It was established as an official national park in 1919, but the...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
2013-03-19 14:17:18

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located in northeast Ohio, between the cities of Cleveland and Akron. The park holds about 20,339 acres of protected land that occurs along the Cuyahoga River. Before the area was established as a national park, the valley became a popular place for 1870s city dwellers to relax on boat rides or carriage rides. The establishment of the park began in 1910 and...

Kings Canyon National Park
2013-03-19 12:16:00

Kings Canyon National Park is located in southern Sierra, Nevada. The park encompasses an area that was once General Grant National Park, which was established in 1890, in order to preserve a grove of giant sequoia trees. The area was known to European settlers in the mid-nineteenth century, but was not well-known until 1873, after John Muir visited and found the environment to be similar to...

Compost
2013-03-03 07:19:30

Image Caption: Compost barrel with compost and tools. Credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia Compost is fertilizer made from decomposed organic matter that is then tilled directly into the soil or used as an additive when transplanting seedlings. Composting can be very simplistic or complex, depending on the amount of compost needed. Compost is widely used in organic farming because of its high...

Narrow-Lined Puffer Arothron manilensis
2013-02-17 08:48:04

Image Caption: Narrow-lined puffer image taken by NOAA in Guam, Mariana Islands. Credit: David Burdick (NOAA)/Wikipedia The narrow-lined puffer is native to the western pacific in shallow lagoons and estuaries with a muddy or sandy sea floor at depths up to 60 feet. Found around the Philippines, northwest Australia, Samoa, Ryukyu Islands, New South Wales, and Tonga. The body of the...

Potato Puffer Tetraodon miurus
2013-02-17 08:21:54

Image Credit: Jamie C/Wikipedia The potato puffer, also called the Congo puffer, inhabits freshwater rivers of Africa, primarily in the Congo basin, occasionally found in flowing rapids. This puffer is a very inactive bottom dweller, burying itself in the sandy river bed waiting for prey to pass by. Although the potato puffer is a very aggressive predator, it also hides to keep out of sight...

Orange-fin Anemonefish Amphiprion chrysopterus
2013-02-09 08:07:34

Image Credit: National Park Service/Wikipedia The orange-fin anemonefish is also named the orange-fin clownfish. It is found north of the Great Barrier Reef in the Pacific Ocean between the coastal reefs of Queensland, Australia, and New Guinea, to the Marshall and Tuamoto Islands. The adult will inhabit the outer side of the reef slope, from the surface to 65 feet deep. The body is short...

Weather Education - Orographic Thunderstorms
2013-01-13 09:40:16

Orographic thunderstorms are formed when the air is pushed up a mountain side. This type of thunderstorm is found only on the windward side of a mountain range. In the United States we would find these types of thunderstorms on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains and also on the western slopes of the Appalachians. Things that make this thunderstorm important: First of all they only...

Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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