Apocalyptic Photos from the Frontline of Australia’s Bushfires

Beyond the cataloging of these facts and figures, the situation in Australia defies description. The word “apocalyptic” comes constantly to mind. And it’s expected to worsen, with authorities warning that the infernos, spurred on by heatwaves and dry winds, could continue for months.

Every day more footage from the frontline reveals the extent of the devastation—of the armageddon and the aftermath—as communities around the country are swept up in one of the biggest climate disasters Australia has ever seen.

 

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FIREFIGHTERS TACKLE A BUSHFIRE IN THICK SMOKE IN THE TOWN OF MORUYA, SOUTH OF BATEMANS BAY, IN NEW SOUTH WALES ON JANUARY 4, 2020. UP TO 3,000 MILITARY RESERVISTS WERE CALLED TO TACKLE AUSTRALIA’S RELENTLESS BUSHFIRE CRISIS ON JANUARY 4, AS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS FLED THEIR HOMES AMID CATASTROPHIC CONDITIONS. PETER PARKS/AFP
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A BURNT VEHICLE IS SEEN ON QUINLANS STREET AFTER AN OVERNIGHT BUSHFIRE IN QUAAMA IN AUSTRALIA’S NEW SOUTH WALES STATE ON JANUARY 6, 2020. RESERVE TROOPS WERE DEPLOYED TO FIRE-RAVAGED REGIONS ACROSS THREE AUSTRALIAN STATES ON JANUARY 6, AFTER A TORRID WEEKEND THAT TURNED SWATHES OF LAND INTO SMOLDERING, BLACKENED HELLSCAPES. SAEED KHAN/AFP
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RESIDENTS DEFEND A PROPERTY FROM A BUSHFIRE AT HILLSVILLE NEAR TAREE, 350 KILOMETERS [217 MILES] NORTH OF SYDNEY ON NOVEMBER 12, 2019. A STATE OF EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED ON NOVEMBER 11 AND RESIDENTS IN THE SYDNEY AREA WERE WARNED OF “CATASTROPHIC” FIRE DANGER AS AUSTRALIA PREPARED FOR A FRESH WAVE OF DEADLY BUSHFIRES THAT HAVE RAVAGED THE DROUGHT-STRICKEN EAST OF THE COUNTRY. PETER PARKS/AFP
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AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE BUSHFIRE BURNS OUT OF CONTROL IN THE RICHMOND VALLEY, OF THE NEW SOUTH WALES ON NOVEMBER 26, 2019. BUSHFIRE-PRONE AUSTRALIA HAS EXPERIENCED A HORRIFIC START TO ITS FIRE SEASON, WHICH SCIENTISTS SAY IS BEGINNING EARLIER AND BECOMING MORE EXTREME AS A RESULT OF CLIMATE CHANGE, WHICH IS RAISING TEMPERATURES AND SAPPING MOISTURE FROM THE ENVIRONMENT. SAEED KHAN/AFP
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THIS PHOTO TAKEN ON DECEMBER 7, 2019 SHOWS FIREFIGHTERS CONDUCTING BACK BURNING MEASURES TO SECURE RESIDENTIAL AREAS FROM ENCROACHING BUSHFIRES AT THE MANGROVE AREA, SOME 90-110 KILOMETERS 55-68 MILES] NORTH OF SYDNEY. BUSHFIRES ARE COMMON IN THE COUNTRY BUT SCIENTISTS SAY THIS YEAR’S SEASON HAS COME EARLIER AND WITH MORE INTENSITY DUE TO A PROLONGED DROUGHT AND CLIMATIC CONDITIONS FUELED BY GLOBAL WARMING. SAEED KHAN/AFP
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THIS HANDOUT PHOTO TAKEN ON JANUARY 3, 2020 AND RELEASED BY THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY SHOWS PEOPLE BEING EVACUATED FROM MALLACOOTA, VICTORIA STATE ON A LANDING CRAFT TO MV SYCAMORE, DURING BUSHFIRE RELIEF EFFORTS. THE AUSTRALIAN MILITARY ON JANUARY 3 HAS BEGUN THE SEABORNE EVACUATION OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TRAPPED IN A FIRE-RINGED SOUTHEASTERN TOWN, AS THE COUNTRY BRACED FOR MORE CATASTROPHIC CONDITIONS. SHANE CAMERON/ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY/AFP
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FIREFIGHTERS DOSE A BUSHFIRE IN DARGAN, SOME 130 KILOMETERS [80 MILES] NORTHWEST OF SYDNEY ON DECEMBER 18, 2019. AUSTRALIA THIS WEEK EXPERIENCED ITS HOTTEST DAY ON RECORD AND THE HEATWAVE IS EXPECTED TO WORSEN, EXACERBATING AN ALREADY UNPRECEDENTED BUSHFIRE SEASON, AUTHORITIES SAID ON DECEMBER 18. SAEED KHAN/AFP
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THE SKY TURNS RED FROM SMOKE OF THE SNOWY VALLEY BUSHFIRE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF COOMA ON JANUARY 4, 2020. UP TO 3,000 MILITARY RESERVISTS WERE CALLED UP TO TACKLE AUSTRALIA’S RELENTLESS BUSHFIRE CRISIS ON JANUARY 4, AS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS FLED THEIR HOMES AMID CATASTROPHIC CONDITIONS. SAEED KHAN/AFP
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RESIDENTS WATCH A LARGE BUSHFIRE AS SEEN FROM BARGO, 150 KILOMETERS [93 MILES] SOUTHWEST OF SYDNEY, ON DECEMBER 19, 2019. A STATE OF EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED IN AUSTRALIA’S MOST POPULATED REGION ON DECEMBER 19 AS AN UNPRECEDENTED HEATWAVE FANNED OUT-OF-CONTROL BUSHFIRES, DESTROYING HOMES AND SMOTHERING HUGE AREAS WITH A TOXIC SMOKE. PETER PARKS/AFP
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Shark Week 2019

Discovery channel has another Shark Week on the air. Sharks feeding, killing and basically just being the hungry creatures that they are. In tribute to Shark Week Markozen has included the following images:

Nice drumsticks there!

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Now what we need is another Sharknado movie.

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Astronaut Captures Image of Hurricane Barry

NASA astronaut Christina Koch shot a panoramic photo of tropical storm/ hurricane Barry from her perch on the International Space Station and posted it to Twitter on Thursday.

NASA’s Aqua satellite also imaged Barry after it made landfall at Intracoastal City, Louisiana at 2PM EDT on July 13. Barry was a hurricane for about three hours in the late morning and early afternoon on July 13, but weakened to a tropical storm after it passed over land. Nevertheless, the system will likely bring widespread flooding to the area as well as the lower Mississippi Valley. The storm is projected to move into Arkansas into Monday.

Volcanic Eruption Spotted From Space

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured a breathtaking image of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred over the weekend. The amazing photograph was snapped on Saturday morning when the ISS passed over the uninhabited volcanic island Raikoke as it rumbled to life and unleashed an enormous plume of ash and smoke into the sky. According to a post from NASA, volcanic monitoring stations measure the height of the plume to be around 8 to 10 miles.

Thanks to the remarkable timing of the flyover, the astronauts were able to capture the eruption as it was seemingly nearing its peak, taking on an eerie mushroom cloud-like shape. The space agency explained that the top of the plume is known as the ‘umbrella region’ and consists of dense ash rife with “sharp fragments of rock and volcanic glass.” Noting the curious rings which formed at the base of the plume, NASA suggested that those features are probably water vapor clouds.

Raikoke (Russian: Райкоке, Japanese: 雷公計島), also spelled Raykoke, is as of 2019 an uninhabited volcanic island near the centre of the Kuril Islands chain in the Sea of Okhotsk in the northwest Pacific Ocean, 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) across Golovnin Strait from Matua. Its name is derived from the Ainu language, from “hellmouth”.

 

 

Stunningly beautiful little known Geyser in Nevada

Fly Geyser, also known as Fly Ranch Geyser or the Green Geyser is a man-made small geothermal geyser located in Washoe County, Nevada approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Gerlach. Fly Geyser is located near the edge of Fly Reservoir and is only about 5 feet (1.5 m) high, by 12 feet (3.7 m) wide, counting the mound on which it sits.

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Fly Geyser is located on the private Fly Ranch in Hualapai Flat, about 0.3 miles (0.48 km) from State Route 34. The ranch is currently owned by Todd Jaksick. There is a high fence and a locked gate topped with spikes to exclude trespassers. The only access is a dirt road, but it is large enough to be seen from the road.

 

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Looks like something from a science fiction movie set

Fly Geyser is not an entirely natural phenomenon; it was accidentally created by well drilling in 1964 exploring for sources of geothermal energy. The well may not have been capped correctly, or left unplugged, but either way dissolved minerals started rising and accumulating, creating the travertine mound on which the geyser sits and continues growing. Water is constantly released, reaching 5 feet (1.5 m) in the air. The geyser contains several terraces discharging water into 30 to 40 pools over an area of 74 acres (30 ha). The geyser is made up of a series of different minerals, but its brilliant colors are due to thermophilic algae.

The geyser in 1975

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