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 …

What are your plans for Earth Day?

Poster: Roofdog (Some rights reserved) Earth Day (April 22) has proved extremely popular in the United States and around the world. Let us know your plans. Hashtag: #EarthDay Some history: Back in the early 1960s Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson introduced the idea of ‘Earth Day’ to then President John F Kennedy and has officially celebrated since 1972. 2022 Earth …

Solar System

Photo: Jon Clark, Kakadu (Some rights reserved) Spotlight on our local neighborhood Solar System HeadlinesRadioactive New Clues to the Formation of Our Solar System From Nearby Stellar NurseryAstronomers confirm orbit of most distant object (Farfarout!) ever observed in our solar systemThe solar system follows the galactic standard—but it is a rare breedThe Great Inequality and …

Deserts

Photo: Greg Shine, BLM, Alvord Desert Wilderness Study Area (Some rights reserved) Spotlight on deserts around the world Desert = a dry, barren area of land, especially one covered with sand, that is characteristically desolate, waterless, and without vegetation Elsewhere on the WebAlvord Desert Wilderness Study Area – BLM – Flickr Features Planeta.com

Forests

Photo: Irene Mei, Carpathian mountains, Ukraine (Some rights reserved) Forest = a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth CelebrationsMarch 21 is the International Day of Forests Forests Planeta.com

Forests Links

Photo: Ron Mader, Trees (Some rights reserved) What would those in the know like others understand about forests? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesWaldeinsamkeit: Germany’s cherished forest tradition – BBC ReportsMaking forest data fair and open Collaborative Initiative for Tropical Forest Biodiversity CBD and @itto_sfm have renewed their Collaborative Initiative for Tropical …

Wind

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Wind = The perceptible natural movement of the air, especially in the form of a current of air blowing from a particular direction Also see: Windy Elsewhere on the WebWindfinder.com – App ProverbsThrow caution to the wind. As the wind blows, you must set your sail. (Italian: Bisogna navigare secondo …

Ocean

Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Some rights reserved) In a sense, there is only one ocean covering 72% of the planet. One planet, one ocean. That said five oceanic divisions are usually reckoned: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern; the last two listed are sometimes consolidated into the first three. What’s most important to …

Asteroids

Photo: NASA Marshall, Bennu (Some rights reserved) Asteroid = a small rocky body orbiting the sun. Some have eccentric orbits, and a few pass close to the earth or enter the atmosphere as meteors. The word asteroid means starlike. Asteroid BeltLarge numbers of these asteroids, ranging in size from nearly 600 miles (1,000 km) across …

Carbon

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Carbon = Chemical element Also see: decarbonization HeadlinesFrom stardust to pale blue dot: Carbon’s interstellar journey to Earth ElsewhereCarbon Movie Carbon CaptureHow the largest direct air capture plant will suck CO2 out of the atmosphere – The VergeDetailed overview of pros and cons of carbon capture – Boing Boing Irrecoverable …