Archive for nature

Peru Harvests Water With Nets

Posted in Food & Drink, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 2, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

PerunetIn Peru, water can be a scarce necessity. But what they lack for in this resource, the country more than makes up for it in abundant fog. Recently scientists have devised a way to harvest the water present in fog by catching it with nets. Once enough water is collected it streams down makeshift gutters and is then collected into tanks at the bottom of the hillside.

Low income and rural families are now able to have a healthy, free source of water to drink and to much needed crops as well. LINK!


Earthquake Rocks Samoa

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by TheDiversePurse


An 8.0 earthquake hit Samoa this morning causing three tsunamis, one of which could possibly reach Hawaii. Other islands in the pacific, such as Tonga, Cook Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea have been given tsunami warnings as well. Link via The Daily Beast

Surfer Captured In Super Slo-Mo Barrel Wave

Posted in Entertainment, International, Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , on May 7, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

dylanlongbottomThe BBC has had a long tradition of shooting beautiful nature documentaries set in seemingly alien worlds, but in reality surround us humans everyday.

Following in the footsteps of their award winning series The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, comes a new program entitled “South Pacific”.

Premiering May 10, 2009 on BBC2, this new series takes a look at the very unique creatures and landscapes that inhabit this most isolated of regions.

Below is a clip of surfer Dylan Longbottom inside a 12 foot wave off the Caroline Islands filmed in super-slo-mo. Apparantly the first time it’s been done.


A Shark’s Immaculate Conception

Posted in Uncategorized, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , on October 11, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

Scientists have confirmed the second case of a “virgin birth” in a shark Friday. The pup, through DNA testing, proved to have no male genetic material. Apparently, scientists have long known that these sorts of births are not a rare occurrence in the animal kingdom. There have been cases of female bony fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds bearing young without the aid of a male.

Shark scientist and lead author of the second  study Demian Chapman commented, “It is quite possible that this is something female sharks of many species can do on occasion.” Can this help with the declining population of sharks in the wild? “It is very unlikely that a small number of female survivors could build their numbers up quickly by undergoing virgin birth.” Link!


Scientists Prediction: No Ice In The Artic During Summertime

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 26, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

polarbearWith global warming in effect, scientists are estimating that in about five years time, the artic won’t have any ice during the summertime which will have a huge climate impact on the rest of the world. Currently, the artic is seeing less and less ice than previously recorded which is basically killing the already endangered polar bear population who call the icy atmosphere home. Some are dying by drowning as there isn’t enough ice to climb onto for rest, others by hunger. Some have even turned to cannibalism to survive. Link!


Simple Steps To Go Green

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 25, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

Being conscious of the environment is a great thing and recently the mainstream has picked up on it. All types of media are promoting “going green.” But what can the average person do when they can’t afford to remodel their house (if they even have a house) with solar panels or other eco-friendly ammenities? What is someone’s budget is tight and buying organic isn’t feasible? People Jam has compiled a list of simple things everyone can do to make a positive impact on the Earth like reading books online or unplugging appliances in the home. Link!


10 Biggest Cats

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 23, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

Yes, I’m a cat person and I have two. They do get on my nerves at times, but I love ’em. If I had the money and the space, I’d so do a Siegfreid & Roy and have my own lions, tigers, and jaguars. Until then, I can click HERE and just marvel at the size and beauty of these amazing creatures.


200 Pound Orchid In Brooklyn

Posted in WTF?! with tags , , on September 18, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

Better known as the tiger or leopard orchid, this 200 pound, 12 feet in diameter massive plant is a native to Sumatra, New Guinea, and Malaysia. Currently, one calls the Brooklyn Botanic Garden home and its bloomed again for the first time in three years. I can hear it saying, “Seymour! Feed me!” Link!


Eerily Beautiful Underwater Sculptures

Posted in International, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

These artificial reefs are the creation of British/Guyanese artist Jason de Caires Taylor.  He envisioned it to “engage with a vision of the possibilities of a sustainable future, portraying human intervention as positive and affirmative.” They are truly a beautiful way to help our ecosystem, but creepy at the same time. Now I want to travel to the West Indies so I can view them up close. Click HERE for the full gallery.


10 Amazing Underground Rivers And Lakes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 10, 2008 by TheDiversePurse
Ancient lake near the Yucatan in Mexico

Ancient lake near the Yucatan in Mexico

These are some truly amazing destinations. It’s as if time has stopped and you get a glimpse into what life might’ve been like for ancient people who may have ventured there themselves. Link! via Reddit