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Photos of ‘Fly Geyser,’ Nevada’s Best Kept Secret - AMAZING
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Tags: Nature Wonders of Nature

Amazing Photos of ‘Fly Geyser,’ Nevada’s Best Kept Secret

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Fly Geyser is Located 20 miles north of Gerlach, in Washoe County, Nevada. (Screenshot/YouTube)

To be honest, when I saw this my first thought was it was fake. But as it turns out, this stunning masterpiece is real, and it sits in the middle of the Nevada Desert.

The geyser contains several terraces sending water into 30 to 40 pools over an area of 30 hectares (74 acres). Image: Screenshot/YouTube

The geyser contains several terraces sending water into 30 to 40 pools over an area of 74 acres. (Screenshot/YouTube)

When you first see this, you may think this belongs on a different planet or in a sci-fi move. This piece of art is made by Mother Nature, albeit from an accident. “Fly Geyser” started to form when a ranch owner was drilling for water in the Nevada Desert.

Fly Geyser is Located 20 miles north of Gerlach, in Washoe County. Image: Screenshot/YouTube

Fly Geyser is Located 20 miles north of Gerlach, in Washoe County, Nevada. (Screenshot/YouTube)

This came about in the early 20th century when the rancher was drilling a well for irrigation. When he struck water, it was over 200°F, too hot to use for irrigation. Then in 1964, he made another attempt, but he found the water was still too hot.

The rainbow effect is created by minerals in the water reacting with oxygen in the air and the thermophilic algae, that has thrive in wet and hot conditions. Image: Screenshot/YouTube

The rainbow effect is created by minerals in the water reacting with oxygen in the air and the thermophilic algae that thrives in the wet and hot conditions. (Screenshot/YouTube)

After the second attempt, the well was not sealed properly. Because of this, the high water pressure pushed up minerals and gas that then reacted with the oxygen and the sun. The geyser gets its magnificent colors from the minerals, gas, and thermophilic algae that thrive in the wet and hot conditions.

With the constant flow of minerals and gas, Fly Geyser continues to grow.

The colors change constantly depending on the season and how much water is on them. Image: Screenshot/YouTube

The colors change constantly depending on the season and how much water is spouting. (Screenshot/YouTube)

The water ponds that are below the geyser have their own ecosystem, and even have small fish and several kinds of birds, such as swans and mallards, that visit.

Fly Geyser is rarely open to the public but can be viewed from the road. Image: Screenshot/YouTube

Fly Geyser is rarely open to the public, but can be viewed from the road. (Screenshot/YouTube)

The original Fly Geyser no longer hisses steaming water, but there are another two geysers in the area that continue to grow, and seem to be following the same path. The geysers are on private land, which is not open to tourists, although you can make arrangements with the owners and more often than not, you’ll be able to get a close look for a fee.

Fly Geyser is not even known to many Nevada residents, but is considered one of the most beautiful attractions in the state, said the Daily Mail. Several people have tried to buy the land to make it available for tourists. But the owners have refused. The property is still private and surrounded by fences, said Newsner.

Amazing Fly Geyser, exclusive interview:

This is truly an incredible site, and a must see. Our planet never ceases to amaze me.

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Something to be able to make you smile
Category: Photo-Blog
Tags: Humor Fun Laughter
Somewhere near San Pierre, Indiana ,
Kent set out to bag his buck at 5:30 a.m.
By 11:30 a.m., he was exhausted and hungry--
and still no buck.
At 12 noon, the mighty hunter Kent guards
the
 remains of his lunch while

a passerby snaps a quiet photo while
trying not to startle
 the
deer with a belly laugh.
 

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Shot from the USS
HONOLULU
(Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine)
at the  Arctic Circle , 280 miles from the
North Pole--
Is there anything
that scares a polar bear?
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A definite entrepreneurial spirit
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It's good to focus on what's important.


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Consider yourself warned
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Let's get all bases covered.
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Clearly,
you're not wanted on this
property!
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Like, how many was that?
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And, finally, the many
shades of meaning
 

Gr8 to Parsifal that sent this to me via an email.

I hope you enjoyed the pics as I did. SiNeh~

 

 

Stunning Photos Capture Devastating Worldwide E-Waste Problem
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Tags: Pollution e-waste Awareness

Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
Waking Times

A lot has been written about electronic waste. In 2012, 50 million tons of e-waste was generated worldwide, and with the proliferation of smartphones, smart watches and other tech gear, that number will only increase. United Nations officials estimate that the volume of e-waste generated worldwide is expected to climb by 33 percent by 2017 to 65 million tons.

Those cold, hard numbers say a lot, but sometimes the pictures say much more.

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People burning electronic scraps at the Agbogbloshie e-waste dump in Accra, Ghana. The Guardian described the fumes as “head-pounding.” Photo Credit: Bit Rot Project

If unused electronic goods aren’t gathering dust in the garage, they are either recycled (about 30 percent of the time) or simply thrown away—out of sight, out of mind. But as you scroll through this post on your smartphone or computer, it’s important to remember that modern luxuries have a price.

While e-waste in the U.S. only makes up 2 percent of the country’s municipal solid waste stream, it’s a much more prevalent and devastating problem to less affluent countries, as demonstrated by these haunting images from Italian photographer Valentino Bellini’s ongoing Bit Rot Project.

 

“About 80 percent of the e-waste produced in developed countries (North America and Europe on the top of the list) is not disposed of in situ, but shipped, most of the time illegally, to developing countries on cargo ships, where it is illegally disposed of,” Bit Rot said.

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A boy in New Delhi, India boils old transistors in metal pots. Boiling the transistors melts away the plastic so the metal parts can be sold. Photo Credit: Bit Rot Project

As the latest products come along and desktop computers, MP3 players and landlines become obsolete, this gadget-driven fervor has generated mountains of toxic trash that poison people and the planet. (And it’s not just old Blackberrys and MacBooks, it’s everything from old refrigerators, televisions, toys and more.)

“Especially in countries like India, China and some African regions where the technology industry is growing fast,” Bit Rot said. “It is hazardous waste, containing dozens of substances dangerous to human health and the environment; it is hard to be sustainably disposed of and it needs a costly processing technique to make it recyclable.”

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A woman in Lahore, Pakistan takes apart imported electronic devices. Photo Credit: Bit Rot Project

While illegal electronic waste dumping also occurs in the U.S., the appeal of sending e-waste overseas comes down to lower labor costs and fewer regulations. According to a 2013 United Nations report, China is “grappling with the reality of an estimated 20 percent annual rise in domestically generated e-waste combined with a role as one of the planet’s primary dumping grounds for global e-waste—a massive environmental, social and economic burden.”

The southeastern town of Guiyu, China is a major e-wastebasket. CNN reported that Guiyu workers burn or process tech gear with hydrochloric acid to recover valuable metals like copper and steel. In the process, it releases toxic heavy metals like lead, beryllium and cadmium into the environment. Hydrocarbon ashes have also polluted the air, water and soil.

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A man rips up electronic equipment in his backyard in Yaocuowei, China. He lives by the town of Guiyu, home to thousands of businesses that process e-waste, causing devastating toxic pollution. Photo Credit: Bit Rot Project

Where does all this salvaged tech junk go? Well, back into many homes. “We sell this plastic to Foxconn,” an e-waste worker in Guiyu told CNN. As it turns out, Foxconn is a Taiwanese company that manufactures products for many global electronics companies such as Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard.

“The commercialization process and the capitalistic valorization created a true ‘waste economy,’” Bit Rot observed. “This extends the logic behind profit and exploitation even to those scraps that it had produced, creating a never ending cycle that profits from its own death.”

The Odaw River in Accra, Ghana is one of the most polluted in the world. Much of the waste comes from the Agbogbloshie e-waste landfill. Photo Credit: Bit Rot Project

The Odaw River in Accra, Ghana is one of the most polluted in the world. Much of the waste comes from the Agbogbloshie e-waste landfill. Photo Credit: Bit Rot Project

We can change our nasty modern habits, but it’s very likely a long uphill battle. “Strengthening and enforcing insufficient international laws would thwart massive profits,” Bit Rot wrote soberly. “Disposing of a PC by sending it to a dumpster in Africa costs $2, while it would cost $20 to sustainably recycle it.”

So what can be done? The UN’s Step initiative is tackling the world’s behemoth e-waste crisis. The Obama administration also has “serious concerns about unsafe handling of used electronics, especially discarded electronics or e-waste, both domestically and overseas, that results in harm to human health and the environment,” EPA spokeswoman Liz Purchia told U.S. News.

The Global E-Waste Management and Services in Tamil Nadu, India is one of the few companies authorized to treat electric and electronic waste in the country. Photo Credit: Bit Rot Project

The Global E-Waste Management and Services in Tamil Nadu, India is one of the few companies authorized to treat electric and electronic waste in the country. Photo Credit: Bit Rot Project

It also looks like Americans are becoming more conscious of their own e-waste footprint. Case in point, according to recent data from Recon Analytics, in 2014, the average American replaced their mobile phone every 26.5 months, a vast improvement from every 18 months in 2007.

If you’d like to responsibly dispose of your old tech gear, check out this link to find a e-cycling center near you.

About the Author

Lorraine is a freelance writer for EcoWatch. Her journalism career began in New York City, where she received a M.A. from NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and where she worked at several entertainment and lifestyle publications, including the New York Post’s Page Six. 

She found a love for environmental journalism after wandering into an ecological conference in Minneapolis in 2013. She’s since been published on a whole range of green topics for NationSwell.com,from sustainable fashion to photovoltaic panels.

A native Angeleno, Lorraine is a perpetual transplant who has lived in Japan, England and now in South Carolina, where she once preached against Solo Cups at a tailgate (and thinks that’s why no one’s invited her to another ever since). She tweets @LorraineLChow.

 

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