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discodads:

I wish that I was born a thousand years ago
I wish that I’d sail the darkened seas
On a great big clipper ship
Going from this land here to that
In a sailor’s suit and cap
Away from the big city
Where a man can not be free

(via killerburritosfromouttaspace)

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#music  #the velvet underground 
wolverxne:

Turbulent Great White Shark | by: { Morne Hardenberg } 

wolverxne:

Turbulent Great White Shark | by: { Morne Hardenberg

(Source: WOLVERXNE, via bio-diversity)

— 1 day ago with 3069 notes
#animals 

cool-critters:

Spiny turtle (Heosemys spinosa)

The spiny turtle is known from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Sadly this species is highly endangered! It inhabits lowland and hill rainforest, usually in the vicinity of small streams, mainly in hill areas up to 900 m above sea level. Mating behaviour appears to be triggered by rain; in captivity, spraying males with water results in them chasing females and attempting to mount. Nothing is known of nesting behaviour in the wild.

photo credits: zooborns, myviadventures

(via cyan-biologist)

— 1 day ago with 304 notes
#animals 

earthstory:

How many species are we killing?

These are all extinct birds. A great number of species have vanished from the Earth over the past few thousand years, and especially over the past century or two, as a direct result of human activities. Changing climates, introduction of invasive species, and habitat destruction are just a few of the causes. We know these things are happening, we can see the species going extinct, but an important question for science is how much damage we’re really doing.

Species went extinct before human activities started. Competition between species and environmental changes all were things that occur without us, so researchers have spent decades trying to understand how the current extinction rates compare to those prior to human involvement.

Decades ago, these estimates could be based on the fossil record and they weren’t bad. A scientist examining fossils could come up with reasonable numbers for extinction rates in the ocean, but many species don’t leave strong fossil records. For example, plants and animals that don’t have hard body parts don’t fossilize well in most cases.

The genetics revolution over the last 20 years has allowed for much better estimates of the die-off rate in these species as the rates of extinction can be compared to our new genetic understanding of how rapidly species diversity.

Using a combination of these techniques, scientists led by Brown University’s Jurriaan de Vos just published an updated estimate of how the current extinction rate compares to that prior to human involvement. Their best numbers can’t give incredible precision, but they calculate that current extinction rates are 1000 times what they were before human involvement, and even worse, those rates are increasing rapidly.

The kinds of extinction rates humans are causing around the world are enough that it remains safe to say humans are in the process of causing a mass extinction, where a large fraction of the species on Earth vanish over a short time period. Geologists refer to 5 mass extinctions from the fossil record, and studies like these suggest that we’re right in the middle of witnessing a 6th.

-JBB

Image credits: Wikimedia
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/15/Extinct_birds.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extinction#mediaviewer/File:Edwards%27_Dodo.jpg

Original Study:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cobi.12380/abstract
Press version:
https://news.brown.edu/articles/2014/09/extinctions
Read more:
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v471/n7336/full/nature09678.html%3FWT.ec_id%3DNATURE-..

(via j-mcgowan-85)

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isao-takeda:

2014年8月31日 兵庫県立フラワーセンター 兵庫県加西市

isao-takeda:

2014年8月31日 兵庫県立フラワーセンター 兵庫県加西市

(via dryadgoddess)

— 1 day ago with 409 notes
#animals 
jessealveo:

European red slug ~ Rote Wegschnecke ~ Arion rufus
Spotted in an area where these slugs are almost neon orange!
2014 © Jesse Alveo

jessealveo:

European red slug ~ Rote Wegschnecke ~ Arion rufus

Spotted in an area where these slugs are almost neon orange!

2014 © Jesse Alveo

(via explosionsoflife)

— 1 day ago with 76 notes
#animals 
Found a lil cutie today c:

Found a lil cutie today c:

— 1 day ago