The Crystal Mountain of Pago San Lucia was first documented by Europeans in 1781 by Portuguese explorer Aníbal João. It is unknown if the original natives of Pago San Lucia were aware of the mountain as they were all killed in 1780 by Portuguese explorer Aníbal João.
The mountain is the result of a massive deposit of quartz dust becoming liquified in magma, where the heat made it into pure, clear glass that later rose to the surface intact due to wide openings resulting from continental drift, or “Geological Incontinentalnence”. Because the quartz deposit was completely homogeneous, the mountain is as clear as crystal and may in fact be the origin of that phrase.
The mountain has tricked many travelers into thinking they could pass the range when it was in fact blocked, and under certain lighting conditions the mountain’s shimmer can blind passersby. These tricks of the mountain likely account for the rude gesture the photographer presents to it above.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
The view from Chimney Rock Overlook, Frederick County.
Hi there, my name is Mary, and I’m the new contributor to this group. :) I grew up in and around Montgomery and Frederick Counties. I’m going to kick this off off by posting some pics of my own favorite places in this wonderful state. Hope you’ll all enjoy!
I’ve never contributed to a group like this before, so I hope you’ll bear with any mistakes I might make at first. :)
I’m going to be working here with the National Park Service for a summer internship!
AHHH SO FREAKING EXCITED TO BE AROUND NATURE 24-7 YOU GUYS
Alejandro Guijarro photographs the chalkboards of some of the brightest minds in quantum physics for his continuing series Momentum. He went to research facilities like CERN and many of the top universities in the world to find them.
Today is World Water Day. On this day, people around the globe are reminded about the importance of freshwater and the sustainable use of freshwater resources. Here are five principles for developing a water ethic to help us conserve water from Cynthia Barnett’s Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.
Today is World Water Day. Share this short animation about water conservation with your students, friends, and family, and visit our water education page to learn more.
We also suggest checking out the #worldwaterday hashtag on Tumblr and Twitter today as lots of organizations are sharing great ways to help out.
Today is World Water Day
The world’s most abundant resource is also one of its most problematic. Climate change has brought a noticeable rise in drought and desertification. 258 million people in African have no access to clean water, and what is available often introduces a wide spectrum of disease or conflict into communities.
These problems bring with them a host of political, tribal, and gender issues. Community-based solutions exist; what is lacking are solutions at a global level.