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One of The Driest Places in North America

In southwestern U.S. there is a region that receives less than 13 inches of rainfall annually with arid mountains and parched soils. It is the 25,000-square mile Mojave Desert. This desert has extremes in temperatures ranging from over 100 degrees in the summer to sub-freezing temperatures in the winter. The soils are arid with poor […]

Keystone Thrust at Red Rock Canyon

As Anne and I traveled around Red Rock Canyon in Nevada, we saw immense gray carbonate mountains next to with the red sandstone hills. At about the same time as the dinosaurs became extinct, 65 million years ago, there was a shoving match between two tectonic plates. The Pacific plate pushed under the North America […]

Walking on the Ocean Floor in Nevada

During a recent visit to Las Vegas, my wife and I traveled a few miles west to the 196,000-acre Red Rock Canyon. Within the Mojave Desert, this area was once the ocean bottom 500 million years ago. This is before there were the current continents and at a time that the first fish appeared in […]

Hurricane Irma Humbled Me

  Her winds snapped utility poles in half causing transformers to explode with electric sparks flying and wires to break and in those moments, we were in the dark. No lights, no air conditioning, no TV and no internet. Just a blustering wind that drove rain against the window panes and that caused our roof to […]

Hurricane Irma is on Its Way!

Numerous birds are at our Florida feeders engorging on the variety of seeds in the food we put out for them. Anne and I are in the process of stocking up on food too. The propane tanks are full and the barbecue and camping stove are in working order. We have also  stocked up on […]

Nearly Extinct!

A 98% decrease in the population of the gharial, a fish-eating crocodile on the Indian sub-continent, makes this species critically endangered. Once nearly 10,000 of these crocodiles inhabited the quiet murky waters of the rivers in India, Bhutan and Nepal, but are now reduced to about 200 from over-hunting, habitat loss and the construction of dams and […]

World’s Second Largest Land Mammal

Standing at 6 feet tall and weighing upwards of 7,000 lbs., the White Rhinoceros is a large mammal of the African plains. It is a grazer that eats mostly grasses on the savanna. There are about 20,000 white rhinos in existence, but their population is threatened by the trafficking of their horns in Asian markets […]