Colorado River

Photo: Ron Mader, Near Nelson (Some rights reserved) Record lows for the Colorado River Also see: Colorado River (Texas) HeadlinesHow a 100-year-old miscalculation drained the Colorado River – VoxLeft Out to Dry: Wildlife Threatened by Colorado River Basin Water CrisisAs Colorado River Dries, the U.S. Teeters on the Brink of Larger Water CrisisThe Colorado River …

Ahuehuete

Photo: Ron Mader, Baseball in Oaxaca (Some rights reserved) Ahuehuete = Taxodium mucronatum, species native to Mexico and Guatemala. Ahuehuete is derived from the Nahuatl name for the tree, āhuēhuētl, which means “upright drum in water” or “old man of the water.” #Ahuehuete Celebrations July 1 Día Nacional del Ahuehuete (National Ahuehuete Day)DiaNacionaldelAhuehuete – Facebook …

Great Lakes

Photo: NASA Goddard, Great Lakes (Some rights reserved) Wikipedia: The Great Lakes (French: les Grands-Lacs) are a series of interconnected freshwater lakes located primarily in the upper mid-east region of North America, on the Canada–United States border, which connect to the Atlantic Ocean through the Saint Lawrence River. They consist of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, …

Equinox

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Equinox = the time or date (twice each year) at which the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of equal length (about September 22 and March 20). Translating: Happy EquinoxSpanish: Feliz Equinoccio Embedded Tweets Elsewhere on the Webearthsky.org Image Planeta.com

Fungi

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Fungi = any of a group of spore-producing organisms feeding on organic matter, including molds, yeast, mushrooms, and toadstools Elsewhere on the WebFungi collected in Shropshire and other neighborhoodsthemycologist.com HeadlinesThe earth’s secret miracle worker is not a plant or an animal: it’s fungiNature Fast, Nature Slow – ballistic mushrooms, moss …

Soil

Photo: Rio Muchacho, Ecuador (Some rights reserved) Soil = the upper layer of earth in which plants grow, a black or dark brown material typically consisting of a mixture of organic remains, clay, and rock particles HeadlinesMagical rockdustThe secret world beneath our feet is mind-blowing – and the key to our planet’s future – Guardianhttps://www.wired.com/story/how-dirt-could-save-humanity-from-an-infectious-apocalypse/http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/09/13/soil-health-agriculture-trend-usda-000513http://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/our-very-existence-depends-on-soil-so-why-is-it-not-protected/http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/gardens/the-bottom-line-for-topsoil-value-its-benefits-before-it-s-dug-to-death-1.2876873http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/04/02/297881388/the-old-and-mysterious-practice-of-eating-dirt-revealed …

Sunset

Photo: Indiana Public Media, Behind the Scenes (Some rights reserved) Sunset = the time in the evening when the sun disappears or daylight fades Headlines When is my earliest sunset? – Earth/Sky @earthskyscience Elsewhere on the Websuncalc.org Translating: SunsetFrench: Le coucher du soleilGerman: SonnenuntergangSpanish: Puesta de sol Questions = Preguntas What time is sunset? = …

Saguaros

Photo: Leslie Kehmeier, Mapping Manager, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Mountain biking at Black Canyon in Arizona (Some rights reserved) Saguaro = tree-like cactus species native to the Sonoran Desert HeadlinesSaguaro Census finds Arizona’s iconic desert cactus could be in troubleRequiem for a saguaro named Strong-Arm Elsewhere on the Webtortolitaalliance.comSaguaro Census – Desert Botanical Garden Saguaro …

Cacti

Photo: NPS/J. Baird, Prickly pear cactus with fruit along the Tonto Trail (Some rights reserved) Cactus = a succulent plant with a thick, fleshy stem that typically bears spines, lacks leaves, and has brilliantly colored flowers. Cacti are native to arid regions of the Americas and are cultivated elsewhere, especially as houseplants. HeadlinesCacti are the most …

Sun

Photo: Martin Heigan, Sun (Some rights reserved) Wikipedia: The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma, with internal convective motion that generates a magnetic field via a dynamo process. A Decade of Sun Headlineshttps://earthsky.org/space/definition-what-is-the-gegenscheinhttp://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/11/astronomers-find-a-solar-twin–a-star-that-looks-almost-exactly-like-our-sunhttp://www.iastro.pt/news/news.html?ID=92https://phys.org/news/2018-07-blue-crystals-meteorites-sun-terrible.amp Recommended ListeningThe sun, our star Sunset Forecastsunsetwx.comhallettwx.com Elsewhere …