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Culture Parting of The Waters: A Creek That Flows Into Two Oceans

Within the Teton Wilderness area of Bridger-Teton National Forest, in Wyoming, USA, lies a very unremarkable creek with a remarkable hydrological phenomenon. At the Two Ocean Pass, a mountain pass on……
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Anecdote The Great Texas Train Crash at Crush

Some publicity stunts can be complete train wrecks. Like that one time in 1613 when a real cannon was used to spice up the production of Shakespeare's Henry VIII causing the entire Globe Theatre to bu……

Anecdote Before The Internet, What People Asked New York Public Library's Librarians?

Before there was the Internet and Google, the only way to find answers to a pressing question was to visit the local library and ask the all-knowing librarian. A few years ago, the staff at the New Y……

Anecdote Roger Babson: The Man Who Tried To Fight Gravity

Throughout history humans have learnt to live with gravity despite its innumerable inconveniences, accepting it as a physical fact of the universe. But not Roger Babson. A successful American business……

Culture The Humble Sources of 10 Major Rivers

The source or headwaters of a river, defined as the furthest place in that river from its estuary or confluence with another river, is an elusive concept. On a colloquial basis, some define the source……

Culture The San Andreas Fault of California

A new disaster movie called San Andreas, from Warner Bros., is coming up on May this year, featuring The Rock Dwayne Johnson who plays an emergency rescue pilot who will do anything to save his daught……

Culture Photos Taken 100 Years Apart Show How Glaciers Are Disappearing

We are currently living in an interglacial period, a relatively warm period of time during an ice age, which will last several thousands of years until the next glacial period starts. The current inte……

Culture Dry Falls: The Largest Waterfall That No Longer Exist

Located in central Washington, on the opposite side of the Upper Grand Coulee from the Columbia River, is a 3.5-mile long and 400-foot high scalloped precipice known as Dry Falls. As the name suggests……

Culture The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes – An Alaskan Oddity

The Kobuk Valley National Park, in Alaska, is one of the most remotely located national parks in the world. Situated on the edge of the arctic circle, this park has no roads that lead to it. The only……

Culture Desert Wildflowers in the Colorado Plateau

The Colorado Plateau is mostly desert, with a few scattered areas of forests. The cracks in the parched earth are clearly visible, but for a few short weeks, every few years, this barren desert is tra……

Anecdote The Jefferson Grid

The vast majority of Americas western land is divided into a lattice-work of farms, towns and forests. This grid pattern was first proposed by Thomas Jefferson shortly after the American Revolutionary……

Anecdote The Meteorite That Crashed Into A Car

The Peekskill meteorite car sitting at a collectors garage in Peekskill. Photo credit: Ryan Thompson/Flickr On October 9, 1992, a brilliant fireball flashed across the evening sky over eastern United……

Anecdote Killed Negatives of The Great Depression

During Americas Great Depression, the Information Division of the U.S. Farm Security Administration sent out an army of photographers to document the hard years, the poor and their poverty, their shat……

Anecdote The Japanese Balloon Bombs of World War 2

On May 5, 1945, Reverend Archie Mitchell took his five-month pregnant wife and a group of five children from the church, where he was the pastor, for picnic and fishing up in the mountains near Bly in……

Culture La Brea Tar Pits And The Fossils Within

The La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits in urban Los Angeles, around which Hancock Park was formed. The pits are one of the world's best and most important sources of Ice Age fossils. Tar pits f……

Culture Glacial Grooves on Kelley's Island

Many of the geological features on the surface of this planet has been shaped by ancient glaciers. These gigantic sheets of ice of immense weight moving across the earth have carved gorges, grinded ro……

Anecdote Shanghaiing: How Trickery And Deception Turned Thousands of Unwilling Men Into Sailors

Underneath Portlands Old Town is a network of tunnel passages connecting the basements of many downtown bars and hotels to the Willamette River waterfront. In the 19th century, these tunnels were prim……

Anecdote Fort Blunder: The Fort That America Mistakenly Built in Canada

During the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, between Great Britain and the United States, the border between British Canada and upstate New York saw some of the fiercest fighting, much o……

Anecdote That Time When America Banned Sliced Bread

Modern life is full of conveniences but few things are as convenient as sliced bread. Just think about it. To make a sandwich all you need to do is open a bag and remove the required number of pre-cu……

Culture Mar Chiquita, a Secluded Beach in Puerto Rico

Mar Chiquita, or Little Sea, is a small beach in a protected cove near the eastern end of a long rocky wall exposed on the coast of Manatí in northern Puerto Rico, about 40 kilometers west of San Juan……

Culture Lake Spirit's Gigantic Tree Trunk Mat

The May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in state of Washington, was one of the most destructive events in the history of the United States. In just a matter of hours, the nort……

Culture The Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier

The Ruth Glacier, in Denali National Park and Preserve in the U.S. state of Alaska, covers an enormous area in the heart of the central Alaska Range. Located about 3 miles vertically below the summit……

Culture The Salmon Fishing Bears of Brooks Falls

Brooks Falls is a waterfall located on the Brooks River within Katmai National Park and Preserve, in Alaska, and a favorite fishing hole for Alaskan brown bears. The bears are attracted by salmons tha……

Culture Pebble Beaches Around The World

Beaches usually mean sand, but not always. There are beaches made of sea shells, broken glasses pounded smooth by the surf and pebbles. While stray pebbles on the beach are common, a beach made entire……

Culture Waterwheel Falls in Yosemite National Park

The Tuolumne River is located in the state of California, in the United States, where it rises in central Sierra Nevada in Yosemite National Park, flowing generally westward through the foothills to i……