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Idiotic People Dumped Their Trash In The Ocean. What Nature Did In Return Is Gorgeous.

There is a beach in Fort Bragg, California, that is a battleground between Mother Nature and the people that lived in the area. For years, the citizens of Fort Bragg lacked a trash collection service. Since they lived right by the ocean, they thought that the obvious solution to their refuse problem would be to dump all of their garbage in the water. With reckless abandon, the townsfolk tossed all kinds of trash into the ocean. The beach soon earned the nickname, “The Dumps.” It wasn’t until the 1960s that town officials became concerned for the environment and tried to stop the flow of trash into the ocean. They worked to remove the garbage build-up, and found something incredible beneath all of the trash.

For years, the water beat against the different kinds of trash being dumped.

Glass, household appliances and even motor parts were discarded on the beach.

The waves and weather conditions wore down the overwhelming amount of garbage in the water, creating millions of beautiful smooth rocks.

It was a disgusting dump due to our carelessness, but nature corrected what humans ruined.

The beach’s moniker was soon changed from The Dump to The Glass Beach, a more attractive name for the now-beautiful beach.

The Glass Beach and the surrounded twenty acres were purchased by the California State Park system and were incorporated into MacKerricher State Park.

The miraculous beach was finally under the protection of the state.

It’s hard to believe the short-sighted mistakes we were making that could have potentially ruined this beautiful spot.

But thanks to natural processes, the ocean transformed the trash into the sea glass.

Each colored gem on the beach has its own story.

The ruby red glass stones are typically from old car tail-lights.

Then, the sapphire rocks are the remnants of broken apothecary bottles.

The beach at Fort Bragg isn’t the only glass beach in the world, as strange and beautiful as it is.

There are other places in the world where Mother Nature put a stop to our foolishness.

If you want to see the sea glass for yourself, you can drive to Fort Bragg yourself and be in awe of the power of nature. Even if we didn’t mean to pollute the Glass Beach how we did, it’s inspiring to see just how hard the earth can correct our mistakes. Source: Kuriositas Click on the button below to share this article with others.

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Fallen Tree Incredibly Stands Back Up While Being Cut

Fallen Tree Incredibly Stands Back Up While Being Cut

Paul Firbas‘ friend had a fallen tree in his backyard after a storm. So what did he do? He grabbed his chainsaw and got to work, cutting the tree into manageable pieces to haul away. Amazingly though, once he cut off a large chunk from the top of the tree, the weight of the bottom of the tree pulled itself back up into its original upright position. 

What sorcery is this? Gravity!

 

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25 Little Known Facts About Arctic Foxes

The Arctic fox is definitely less familiar to us than a regular red fox but in fact, arctic foxes are incredible animals that are overlooked unjustly. The mere fact that they manage to survive in one of the most extreme and cold places on Earth is admirable. But there are many more interesting things about these little canine predators worth learning. To expand your knowledge on the arctic fox, check out these 25 little known facts about arctic foxes.

25. Officially called the arctic fox, this animal also has several nicknames such as white fox, polar fox or snow fox.

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24. Living in extremely cold regions, the arctic fox has a unique system of heat exchange that will not let her start shivering until the temperature drops to an astounding −70 °C (−94 °F).

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23. Another adaptation that allows the fox to survive such harsh conditions is its low surface area to volume ratio with and a rounded body shape to minimize the heat escape.

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22. People usually think arctic foxes are just white but in summer when the snow melts away, their fur turns dark to blend in with the environment.

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21. Their ability to change colors can be even more advanced – studies have shown that arctic foxes living in areas where the snow is not purely white, produce fur of the same, grayish color as the snow.

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20. Arctic foxes live in underground dens which can be centuries old, used by numerous generations of foxes. These tunnel systems are often very large, covering as much as 1,000 sq. miles (1,200 sq yd) and having up to 150 entrances.

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19. Depending on food availability, females usually have 5 – 10 young but in areas where food is abundant, they can have as many as 25 off-springs, which is the most of all wild living mammals.

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18. The young have to grow up and build fat reserves very fast because summer is short in the polar region. Unfortunately, many cubs fail to do that and the first winter is often fatal for them.

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17. Arctic foxes are omnivorous, eating almost anything they can find – from rodents, birds or fish to berries, seaweed and carcasses left by larger predators. In case of extreme scarcity, they have been even known to eat their own feces.

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16. When hunting, the arctic fox has to break through thick layers of snow. In order to do that, she jumps high in the air and dives headfirst into snow.

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15. When food is not available, the arctic fox is able to reduce its metabolic rate by half, while remaining still active, thereby saving energy.

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14. Arctic fox is usually hunted by polar bears but in Canada, there was a recorded case of a strong friendship between these two animals. They played together and the giant bear even shared his food with his little fox friend.

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13. The Arctic fox is known for its far ranging movements, which rank among the largest of all terrestrial mammals. During the seasonal movements, individuals have been recorded to travel a total of up to 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles) over a winter season.

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12. While arctic foxes have perfect sense of smell and hearing, they have pretty poor sight.

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11. Due to its small size (adult males average at 3.5 kg (7.7 lb) and females at 2.9 kg (6.4 lb), arctic foxes are often preyed upon by wolverine, wolf and even golden eagles.

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10. However, it is people who pose the greatest threat to these amazing animals. Arctic foxes are hunted mainly for their fur, although it takes as many as 20 foxes to make just one coat.

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9. Thanks to their relatively high reproductive output, the global population of arctic fox is not endangered yet but several sub-populations are. In all of Norway, Sweden and Finland , for example, the estimated population of this animal is fewer than 200 individuals.

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8. Another threat the arctic foxes have to face is the expansion of the larger red fox. Global warming allows them to stretch northward and take over areas that used to belong to arctic foxes.

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7. With the average head-and-body length of the male being just 55 cm (22 in) and 52 cm (20 in) for females, arctic foxes are the smallest wild canines found in Canada.

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6. The arctic fox is the only land mammal native to Iceland.

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5. However, not every country wants to be a home to this animal. In New Zealand, for example, the arctic fox is classed as a “prohibited new organism” under the country´s Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, preventing it from being imported into the country.

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4. The lifespan of arctic foxes living in wilderness is usually just 3 – 6 years but when kept in captivity, they can live as long as 15 years.

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3. Although belonging to the same family as wolves, arctic foxes are generally lonely wanderers. They only tend to form monogamous pairs during the mating season.

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2. The arctic fox has paws covered in thick fur, which in unique to wild canines. Their scientific name “lagopus”, means “rabbit-footed”.

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1. Arctic foxes have heavily pigmented eyes to help protect them from the intense sun glare on the ice and snow and sometimes, they can even have heterochromia – differently colored eyes.

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Awesome Power Of Nature Captured In Award-Winning Photography

The winners of the 2015World Press Photocontesthave been chosen, and the images are nothing short of breathtaking. The devastation of the Syrian war, the refugee crisis in Europe, and clashes between police and protestors in the United States have all been beautifully and dramatically documented on camera.

But the natural world also provided photographers with a surreal source of inspiration. At times inspiring, and occasionally terrifying, here are some of the very best examples.

The main image depicts a nocturnal fireworks display at the peak of Colima volcano in Mexico. Its one of the most active volcanoes in the region, having erupted more than 40 times since the mid-16thcentury. Apart from the iridescent, fiery ballistics rocketing out of the vent, spectacular volcanic lightning can be seen.

Although this isnt a rare sight, it is incredibly difficult to capture on camera. Volcanologists are still debating as to what causes it, but most think that its something to do with the positive charge much of the fresh ejecta has when its launched skywards.

Whale Whisperers by Anuar Patjane Floriuk, Mexico 2015

This stunning monochrome image depicts divers surrounding a humpback whale and her newborn calf in the Revillagigedo Islands in Mexico. Humpback whales can be found all over the world, and can reach lengths of up to 16 meters (52 feet) and masses of 36 tonnes (39.7 tons).

Storm Front on Bondi Beach by Rohan Kelly, Australia 2015, Daily Telegraph

A vast cloud tsunami can be seen looming over Sydneys Bondi Beach in this image, juxtaposed with a completely indifferent sunbather. This type of cloud is known to meteorologists as an arcus cloud; these form at the leading edge of a thunderstorm where the up and downdrafts of the storm intermingle. This example was several kilometers in length.

Tough Times for Orangutans story image by Tim Laman, USA 2015

One of a series of images highlighting the lives of wild orangutans, this Bornean example is seen clambering over 30 meters (roughly 100 feet) off the ground in the rainforest of Gunung Palung National Park in Indonesia. Orangutans, both the Bornean and Sumatran types, are severely threatened by huge wildfires, the illegal animal trade, and violent human villagers.

Chameleon Under Pressure story image by Christian Ziegler, Germany 2015 for National Geographic

Remarkably, Madagascar alone contains over half the worlds species of chameleons but thanks to deforestation, over half of them are now classified as endangered. This particular critter, a Furcifer ambrensis female, was caught in the act of foraging for insects on Mountain dAmbre.

Avalanche, 25-27 April, Everest Base Camp, Nepal story image by Roberto Schmidt, Germany 2015, Agence France-Presse

The cataclysmic earthquake in Nepal last year killed nearly 9,000 people and more than 23,000 were injured. A huge avalanche on Mount Everest was also triggered, which this photographer managed to capture on camera. He was lucky not to have been killed during the avalanche, unlike 17 others who were. Disconcertingly, recent studies suggest thatanother similar tremor may occur in the near future, with a still-quiet zone becoming more likely to violently rupture with each passing year.

Ivory Wars story image by Brent Stirton, South Africa 2015, Getty Images for National Geographic

This melancholy image shows a container filled with tonnes of illegal ivory, captured at the port of Lome, Togo. This ivory funds the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group and cult that operates in Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Theyre infamous for abducting children and forcing them to kill innocent, defenseless civilians.

More spectacular, award-winning photographs can be seen on the World Press Photo 2015website.

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The Extraordinary Land-Walking Octopus of Northern Australia

Octopuses are marine animals that live and breath underwater, so at low tide one would expect them to be imprisoned in rocky pools.

However, this extraordinary species found in Northern Australia is like no other octopus, and land is no obstacle when hunting for crabs. Taken from BBC’s The Hunt

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