Happy Pi Day!
Happy Pi Day!
On February 14, Deer Parks Wildlife Management Unit welcomed about 1500 trumpeter swans, making Valentine’s Day 2013 extra special. These swans account for about one-quarter of the entire Rocky Mountain population counted during the annual census. The foraging birds depend on the area’s protected river corridor and wetlands for night-roosting. In 1999, the BLM, with assistance from the Conservation Fund, purchased the 2,500 acre area. It is cooperatively managed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the BLM.
It’s your land! All yours!
Villa Epecuen: The Town That Was Submerged For 25 Years via Amusing Planet
By late nineteenth century, the first residents and visitors started to arrive to Villa Epecuen and set up tents on the banks. Villa Epecuen transformed from a sleepy mountain village to a bustling tourist resort. The village soon had a railway line linking it to Buenos Aires. Before long, tourists from all over South American and the World came flocking, and by the 1960s, as many as 25,000 people came every year to soak in the soothing salt water. The town’s population peaked in the 1970s with more than 5,000. Nearly 300 businesses thrived, including hotels, hostels, spas, shops, and museums.
Around the same time, a long-term weather event was delivering far more rain than usual to the surrounding hills for years, and Lago Epecuen began to swell. On 10 November 1985 the enormous volume of water broke through the rock and earth dam and inundated much of the town under four feet of water. By 1993, the slow-growing flood consumed the town until it was covered in 10 meters of water.
Nearly 25 years later, in 2009, the wet weather reversed and the waters began to recede. Villa Epecuen started coming back to the surface.
Neat, but that water is a polluted disaster of radiation and radon, metals like mercury, aluminum, and iron, and countless other poisons leaching from rotting concrete, underground sewer pipes, disintegrating metal infrastructure, etc… What an environmental mess.
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Alone on the platform.
Sunning on a chilly DC afternoon.
The cute side of birds of prey by ~phalalcrocorax
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“Can we come?!”