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Steven Perez

Steven Perez

Hopping Master of the White Rain. Rabbit of the Radical Mien. As old as my skin, and a little older than my teeth. #TeamEternalWinter GV: (830) 743-9770.
atlasobscura: The Azure Window and the Blue Hole - Gozo, Malta Two geological wonders sit side-by-side on the Maltese island of Gozo: the Azure Window and the Blue Hole. The window is a towering rock formation reaching 328 feet high with a precarious table structure that makes it popular for cliff divers. Yet below is another wonder with a... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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The Azure Window and the Blue Hole - Gozo, Malta
 
Two geological wonders sit side-by-side on the Maltese island of Gozo: the Azure Window and the Blue Hole.
 
The window is a towering rock formation reaching 328 feet high with a precarious table structure that makes it popular for cliff divers. Yet below is another wonder with a collapsed underwater limestone cave known as the Blue Hole. It’s accessed by divers through a 262-foot tunnel, and underwater you can find a beautiful array of marine life including octopi, fire worms, and sea horses.
 
Unfortunately, the Azure Window is wearing down. In April of 2012, it got a little wider when part of it broke off. But there’s apparently already a plan if the worst happens, and upon its collapse it will be rechristened the Azure Pinnacle. 
 
Plan a trip to the Azure Window and Blue Hole, on Atlas Obscura…
atlasobscura: Erta Ale - Afar Zone 2, Ethiopia Located in the Danakil Depression (or Afar Depression) in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia, Erta Ale is one of the driest, lowest and hottest places on earth. Temperatures during the year range from 77°F to 118°F. The area is beset by drought, bereft of trees, and has little in the way of... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Erta Ale - Afar Zone 2, Ethiopia
 
Located in the Danakil Depression (or Afar Depression) in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia, Erta Ale is one of the driest, lowest and hottest places on earth. Temperatures during the year range from 77°F to 118°F. The area is beset by drought, bereft of trees, and has little in the way of roads.
 
Known by the Afar as the “smoking mountain” and “the gateway to hell,” Erta Ale is a 2,011-foot-high constantly active basaltic shield volcano. It is one of only a handful of continuously active volcanos in the world, and a member of an even more exclusive group: volcanos with lava lakes. While there are only five known volcanos with lava lakes globally, Erta Ale often has two active lava lakes — making it a unique site.
 
Erta Ale was discovered in 1906, making it the longest-known lava lake. For a lava lake to exist, the surface of the lake and the magma chamber below must form a constant convecting system, or the entire thing will cool and solidify. Beneath the ground surrounding Erta Ale is an enormous pool of active magma. The lake goes through cycles and will cool, form a black layer on top, and then suddenly convect back into liquid lava. Occasionally, due to pressure, “fountains” of lava will form, spewing lava in 6- to 13-foot-high plumes.
 
Dive deeper into Erta Ale’s lava lakes, on Atlas Obscura!
atlasobscura: Bage in the entrance to the Astronomic Observatory, Antarctica, 1911-1914 / Frank Hurley (by State Library of New South Wales collection) Robert Bage (1888-1915) was an Australian soldier, explorer, and was the astronomer on Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic expedition. Frank Hurley visited the Antarctic six times between 1911 and 1932. For... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Bage in the entrance to the Astronomic Observatory, Antarctica, 1911-1914 / Frank Hurley (by State Library of New South Wales collection)
  
Robert Bage (1888-1915) was an Australian soldier, explorer, and was the astronomer on Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic expedition. 
 
Frank Hurley visited the Antarctic six times between 1911 and 1932. For more information and pictures, visit Discover Hurley’s Antarctica on the State Library of NSW’s website.
  
How do you make astronomy even more laudable? Perform it at the turn-of-the-century in Antarctica, of course! 
 
(via the State Library of New South Wales’ fantastic Flickr feed)
atlasobscura: Ancient Kjolur Trail - Kjolur, Iceland Located on a desert plateau in the highlands of Iceland, the Ancient Kjolur Trail is a long winding road that leads travelers across a historic glacial shortcut written about in the Sagas, used by famous sheep thieves, and forgotten for a century after claiming the lives of some trekkers. Since... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Ancient Kjolur Trail - Kjolur, Iceland
 
Located on a desert plateau in the highlands of Iceland, the Ancient Kjolur Trail is a long winding road that leads travelers across a historic glacial shortcut written about in the Sagas, used by famous sheep thieves, and forgotten for a century after claiming the lives of some trekkers. 
 
Since before the time of the vikings, the Kjolur Trail, which runs from North to South between two mountainous glaciers has been a popular way to travel across the barren highland deserts of Iceland. Early reports from the time of the Sagas tell of small armies that would use the road to hurry to and fro from conflict to conflict. However it was during the 18th century when the road began to gain true notoriety. It is rumored that during this period the famous Icelandic outlaw Fjalla-Eyvindur and his wife took up residence along a portion of the road that is now known as the “Valley of Thieves.” In addition to its connection to those criminals, there is also a tale of two travelers who were guiding their flock of 100 sheep along the road and got caught in a snowstorm. Both the shepherds and their flock perished along the way which also created a site known as “Bone Hill.” After this era, the road fell off the map so to speak for almost 100 years before being rediscovered in the 19th century and has since been a popular road for hikers and other visitors.
 
The geography of the area is also of note for the fields of hot springs and geothermal pools that occur along the way. There are also a number of huts and rock formations that can be visited while traveling on the road. So whether trekkers are looking to walk in the footsteps of history or just to find some nice photo opportunities, the Ancient Kjolur Trail has hundreds of years of answers.
 
For more on the Ancient Kjolur Trail, visit Atlas Obscura!
 
Atlas Obscura’s Iceland Week is in partnership with Icelandair, the airline that can fly you to this unreal wonder and many others for surprisingly cheap!
schmurple: workingamerica: While he thought you weren’t paying attention, Gov. Scott Walker and his legislative allies made it harder for Wisconsinites to vote in the 2014 election. Thanks Ron Kind for the catch. http://bit.ly/1jFytQ8 http://ift.tt/1t1cy8W Wisconsin is going to lose its place as the state with the second highest voter turnout. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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workingamerica:
  
While he thought you weren’t paying attention, Gov. Scott Walker and his legislative allies made it harder for Wisconsinites to vote in the 2014 election.
 
Thanks Ron Kind for the catch. http://bit.ly/1jFytQ8 http://ift.tt/1t1cy8W
  
Wisconsin is going to lose its place as the state with the second highest voter turnout.
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North Dakota Finds Itself Unprepared To Handle The Radioactive Burden Of Its Fracking Boom | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/climate...
North Dakota Finds Itself Unprepared To Handle The Radioactive Burden Of Its Fracking Boom | ThinkProgress
"North Dakota recently discovered piles of garbage bags containing radioactive waste dumped by oil drillers in abandoned buildings. Now, the state is trying to catch up to an oil industry that produces an estimated 27 tons of radioactive debris from wells daily. Existing fines have apparently not been enough to deter contractors from dumping oil socks — coiled filters that strain wastewater and accumulate low levels of radiation. “Before the Bakken oil boom we didn’t have any of these materials being generated,” the state’s Director of Waste Management Scott Radig told the Wall Street Journal. “So it wasn’t really an issue.”" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
North Dakota was a low tax/low service backwater whose main industry was SAC A-bomb delivery by bombers and missiles and of course wheat farmers... The Bakken Oil Boom has found the state and it's stolid libertarian leaning citizens totally unprepared. The State and local governments are overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of issues and by virtue of its low service tradition they have no... more... - WarLord
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Punk is Dad
 
Mom is Metal! 
The Harshest Abortion Ban In The Country Has Been Overturned | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/health...
The Harshest Abortion Ban In The Country Has Been Overturned | ThinkProgress
"A federal judge permanently struck down North Dakota’s six-week abortion ban on Wednesday. The so-called “fetal heartbeat” measure, which used to represent the harshest ban in the nation, had already been temporarily blocked from taking effect while the legal challenge against it proceeded. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled that the law is “invalid and unconstitutional” and “cannot withstand a constitutional challenge,” pointing out that Roe v. Wade guarantees the right to abortion up until the point of viability." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
America the voiceless: Voters can’t compete with big campaign cash | Al Jazeera America - http://america.aljazeera.com/article...
"It’s not just your imagination: The influence of money in politics has indeed drowned out the voices of American voters, a new analysis shows, with runaway corporate lobbying and a lack of campaign finance reform to blame for giving much more political weight to the wealthy. Researchers at Princeton University and Northwestern University compared the public’s influence on 1,779 policy issues between 1981 and 2002, finding that more often than not, the interests of wealthy groups and individuals won out over the demands of the general public. For instance, when 80 percent of the public asked for a change of some sort, they got their way only about 43 percent of the time. The study, its authors say, points to the overwhelming power of wealthy lobbying groups and individuals backing certain interests in American politics, and the marginalization of voters and public advocacy groups." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
California drought gives boost to anti-fracking movement | Al Jazeera America - http://america.aljazeera.com/article...
"California is known for the twin threat of natural disasters from drought and earthquakes, with both phenomena certain to give many residents serious concern. But there is one group that is starting to reap serendipitous marketing ammunition from the state’s current historic drought and the ever-present worry of ground-shaking tremors: the anti-fracking movement. “California faces two interlinked crises, a water crisis and a climate crisis, and fracking makes both of these problems worse,” said Kassie Siegel, senior counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit conservation group." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Campaign fundraising is bribery | Al Jazeera America - http://america.aljazeera.com/opinion...
"The bribery allegations against California state Sen. Leland Yee expose the folly of the U.S. Supreme Court’s logic in its April 2 decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, which struck down restrictions on the amount of money individuals may donate to federal campaigns in an election cycle. The only legitimate reason to set limits on funding politicians’ campaigns, according to the court’s majority opinion, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, is explicit trades of campaign dollars for action — quid pro quo corruption. The court pointedly dismissed “the possibility that an individual who spends large sums may garner ‘influence over or access to’ elected officials” as a reason to limit campaign donations." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
mapsbynik: Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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  Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population 
A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.
 
Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading
 
Quick update: If you’re the kind of map lover who cares about cartographic accuracy, check out the new version which fixes the Gulf of California. If you save this map for your own projects, please use this one instead.
 Map observations 
The map tends to highlight two types of areas:
 places where human habitation is physically restrictive or impossible, and places where human habitation is prohibited by social or legal convention. 
Water features such lakes, rivers, swamps and floodplains are revealed as places where it is hard for people to live. In addition, the mountains and deserts of the West, with their hostility to human survival, remain largely void of permanent population.
 
Of the places where settlement is prohibited, the most apparent are wilderness protection and recreational areas (such as national and state parks) and military bases. At the national and regional scales, these places appear as large green tracts surrounded by otherwise populated countryside.
 
At the local level, city and county parks emerge in contrast to their developed urban and suburban surroundings. At this scale, even major roads such as highways and interstates stretch like ribbons across the landscape.
 
Commercial and industrial areas are also likely to be green on this map. The local shopping mall, an office park, a warehouse district or a factory may have their own Census Blocks. But if people don’t live there, they will be considered “uninhabited”. So it should be noted that just because a block is unoccupied, that does not mean it is undeveloped.
 
Perhaps the two most notable anomalies on the map occur in Maine and the Dakotas. Northern Maine is conspicuously uninhabited. Despite being one of the earliest regions in North America to be settled by Europeans, the population there remains so low that large portions of the state’s interior have yet to be politically organized.
 
In the Dakotas, the border between North and South appears to be unexpectedly stark. Geographic phenomena typically do not respect artificial human boundaries. Throughout the rest of the map, state lines are often difficult to distinguish. But in the Dakotas, northern South Dakota is quite distinct from southern North Dakota. This is especially surprising considering that the county-level population density on both sides of the border is about the same at less than 10 people per square mile.
 
Finally, the differences between the eastern and western halves of the contiguous 48 states are particularly stark to me. In the east, with its larger population, unpopulated places are more likely to stand out on the map. In the west, the opposite is true. There, population centers stand out against the wilderness.
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Ultimately, I made this map to show a different side of the United States. Human geographers spend so much time thinking about where people are. I thought I might bring some new insight by showing where they are not, adding contrast and context to the typical displays of the country’s population geography.
 
I’m sure I’ve all but scratched the surface of insight available from examining this map. There’s a lot of data here. What trends and patterns do you see?
 Errata The Gulf of California is missing from this version. I guess it got filled in while doing touch ups. Oops. There’s a link to a corrected map at the top of the post. Some islands may be missing if they were not a part of the waterbody data sets I used. :: 
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 Block geography and population data from U.S. Census Bureau
 Water body geography from National Hydrology Dataset and Natural Earth
 Made with Tilemill
 USGS National Atlas Equal Area Projection
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