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July 16, 2018

Satellites Investigate Irrigation in a Stressed Aquifer | NASA Earth Observatory

July 16, 2018 0
Satellites Investigate Irrigation in a Stressed Aquifer | NASA Earth Observatory
"The High Plains Aquifer, also known as the Ogallala Aquifer, is under stress. Farmers today have to drill ever deeper wells in order to pump water for irrigation, and one recent study found the aquifer to be under more strain than any other in the United States."


Facts about the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer:

The industrial-level pumping of water from the aquifer began after World War II.

By 1980, the aquifer's water levels had dropped by at least ten feet in most of the regions that took advantage of it.

Some regions of the High Plains, at that same time, had seen a 100-foot drop in their water level.

These days, the water being pulled out of the aquifer annually is equal to eighteen Colorado Rivers.

The northern end of the Ogallala Aquifer is less affected by the overuse. The southern end is the part of the aquifer that is less likely to recover, as it doesn't receive as much precipitation annually.

Shown below is a map of the Ogallala Aquifer, how long it has been irrigated in different regions, and a link to the full article.

Satellites Investigate Irrigation in a Stressed Aquifer

Using Landsat to track patterns in irrigation may help water managers sketch out a more sustainable future for the Ogallala Aquifer in the central United States.


July 7, 2018

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is aiming for the sun | Science News

July 07, 2018 0
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is aiming for the sun | Science News
"NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is about to embark on one daredevil stunt of a space mission.
Slated to launch August 4, the probe will be the first spacecraft to swoop through the sun’s outer atmosphere, or corona, a roiling inferno of plasma heated to several million degrees Celsius.

The solar probe, if all goes well, is set to circle the sun two dozen times during its seven-year mission. It will be orbiting the sun from approximately six million kilometers away and at a speed of around 700,000 kilometers per hour. The Parker Solar Probe will observe the corona and the solar wind created by the sun. Both of which will likely help in learning more about the sun and its atmosphere. The information gathered from this mission will help future space travel.

Along with the probe will be the names of those who filled out a "Send Your Name To The Sun" submission at http://parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu/The-Mission/Name-to-Sun/ before the deadline back in April.


NASA's Parker probe is about to get up close and personal with the sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe is about to embark on one daredevil stunt of a space mission. Slated to launch August 4, the probe will be the first spacecraft to swoop through the sun's outer atmosphere, or corona, a roiling inferno of plasma heated to several million degrees Celsius.


June 12, 2018

Samuel Tom Holiday, code talker, passes away | Navajo Times

June 12, 2018 0
Samuel Tom Holiday, code talker, passes away | Navajo Times
Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died Monday evening (June 11) just nine days after his 94th birthday celebration at his home in Tódinéeshzhee'.

Quick Facts:
He was born near the Utah-Arizona border, within Monument Valley.

He was forced to attend a government-run boarding school, like many Native American children were in those days, to attempt to strip them of their cultural identity. Stripping of identities, just as they had done to many who came to this country as immigrants, the indentured, or as slaves

Samuel Tom Holiday enlisted in the Marines in 1943, when he was nineteen years old.

The code talkers consisted of hundreds of Navajo at the height of the operation.

The Navajo Code Talkers used Navajo stories to communicate top secret information, among other tactics. The code was never broken by the Japanese.

For more details about his life and legacy:


June 5, 2018

Coolest Observatories and Planetariums in the US | Futurism

June 05, 2018 0
Coolest Observatories and Planetariums in the US | Futurism

Coolest Observatories and Planetariums in the US

Looking for something different to do? This list of the coolest observatories and planetariums in the US are sure to spice up a weekend trip.

When is the last time you learned something about the universe? Observatories and planetariums are often overlooked compared to museums, aquariums, zoos, and galleries — and that's a shame

The coolest observatories and planetariums in the US are calling your name. Grab a friend and try out something different this weekend.

Star Gazing Starry Night Astronomy by Free-Photos
While "coolest" may be an overstatement with so many more observatories and planetariums across the nation, the listed observatories and planetariums are still worth visiting when you're traveling. That or if they're close to you, travel-wise.

Planetariums, in comparisons to museums, zoos, and the like tend to be less popular but are a completely new experience. Especially if you've never visited a planetarium before. And, yes, they also make for a great alternative to going to the movies and piquing someone's interest in stargazing.



May 25, 2018

Things to Do in Shenandoah Valley

May 25, 2018 0
Things to Do in Shenandoah Valley

Things to Do in Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley - The Beauty of the Virginias

The beauty of Shenandoah Valley makes this an excellent attraction to visit. It is located within the  geographic and cultural regions of Virginia and West Virginia. The undisturbed natural features of the Shenandoah Valley also makes it a popular place for hikers and people who enjoy places that are off the path and perfect for exploring.

If you're someone who enjoys open areas, farming regions, hiking, forests, and nature then Shenandoah Valley is definitely a must-visit. The region's cities and towns give you the opportunity to experience local culture and more. There are also plenty of historical landmarks to visit. See below for many local websites of places to visit, things to see, and opportunities for unique experiences in the Shenandoah Valley region.

Shenandoah River, aerial
By La Citta Vita (Shenandoah River, aerial) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Shenandoah Valley Region

The Shenandoah Valley region is roughly between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains, extending from the Northeast and to the Southwest for nearly 200 or so miles.

Local Websites - Places to See and Things to Do