In the winter of 1985 I was driving through the Mojave Desert with a friend, talking about our apparent need for new river gear. As we passed the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Base, a man unexpectedly appeared on the side of the road selling used ammo cans. My friend and I laughed wildly and quickly came to realize that the moment was "All In A Days' Karma". This blog contains the occasional ramblings of a died-in-the-wool westerner who loves seeing, understanding, and being alive upon these landscapes. I cherish the moments of bliss and irony that come to all of us as we explore the planet and its residents (and perhaps visitors) in the short time we are here.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

The Border Wall - A Post Mortem


No matter your politics, this is senseless. It will not work for its intent. But it will work to preclude the free flow of wildlife. The New Yorker magazine has produced this 13 minute documentary with great aerial footage of our waste and folly. All to satisfy the ego of one ill man.

See it here.  

Monday, March 28, 2022

How Many Humans Have Ever Lived Through Time

 

It's a question I have thought of repeatedly - How many humans have ever lived? This graphic has some real interesting facts and figures on it.

1) How to define "human" - the authors used the figure of 190,000 years, the generally accepted age for Homo sapiens.

2) The human population will hit 8 billion in 2022.

3) This represents about 7% of all people who have ever lived.

4) Including those who are alive today, there have been about 117 billion of us in 190,000 years.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Giant Ichthyosaur Uncovered in England


Check out this giangantic fossil Ichthyosaur that was recently uncovered in England. I saw this in a NY Time article, which may be read here. (There may be a paywall if you are not a subscriber - sorry). The specimen comes from Jurassic-age rocks, about 180 million years old. It was only discovered as part of landscaping project at the Rutland Water Nature Preserve in the East Midlands. The lagoon had been partially drained when a naturalist saw vertebrae poking out of the lagoon mud. The fossil has now been excavated and the lagoon refilled. If you are able to access the NY Times article, there is a nice video of the specimen by drone, which gives a spectacular view of its immense size within the entire site.
An example of one species of Ichthyosaur recovered from Triassic rocks in Nevada.


Thursday, December 30, 2021

The Earth Without Water

What would our planet look like without water? Well, there would be lots of abyssal plains with volcanic preaks rising above them. My colleague Dr. Jack Share forwarded this short 90 second video, that displays the ocean basins withour oceans. Watch it here. There is even a look at the ocean floor where the Titanic lies. Amazing! (Note that the elevations portrayed in this are exaggerated in the vertical).

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Map Comparison of New York City From 1836 to Present

Visual Capitalist has shared this interactive map from Esri, that overlays an 1836 map of New York City with a satellite image from the present. Fascinating! Enjoy it here.

To learn more about Esri, see here. They do cools stuff with ARC-GIS

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Crushed Basalt to Fight Climate Change

For decades, farmers have put crushed limestone on the soil to improve its quality. Now, crushed basalt is being used. Listen to the 3-minute NPR story here


Saturday, March 6, 2021

Demolition of the Navajo Generating Stations Boilers

 

On March 3, the boilers of the old (now gone) Navajo Generating Station were demolished. It is an exciting this to watch. See it here.