Completed in 1893, the Corinthian Canal is straight as a ray of light. It is 4 miles long, and 70 feet wide. None of those ships have been photoshopped in. Their sides may have been greased, though.
It makes the Peloponnesian Peninsula a technical island, connecting the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean. Caesar, Caligula, and Nero all tried to dig it, and all died violently before making progress. Some of Nero’s work can still be seen.
xo thanks for puttying this up..
Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides)
This remarkable plant can lose about 75 % of its water content during a typical dry period and possibly up to 97 % in an extreme drought. When it is exposed to water, it will look green and healthy again (it often looks dry and crispy and dead when dessicated). Most other plants can only lose 10 % of their water content before they die.
(via: NWF) (photo: Zen Sutherland)
White Kiwi Chick Hatches at Wildife Center
(Dec. 18th, 2011)
A second, rare, white Kiwi hatched on the morning of December 18 at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Willdlife Center. Like it’s sibling, Manukura, this little one has received a special and meaningful name — Mauriora, meaning ‘sustained life’. It hatched in the Wildlife Center’s nursery, where Manukura – the world’s first white kiwi hatched in captivity – came along in May. Eleven kiwi have hatched at the center so far this season and of the two kiwi eggs incubating in the nursery…
(read more: ZooBorns)
(photos: Mike Haydon and Pukaha Mount Bruce National Willdlife Center)