This week, scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, noticed an unusually big school of anchovies gathering near the coast. Scripps scientists, who haven’t seen such an aggregation in more than 30 years, said it is unclear why the unusually large school moved into shallow waters off the coast.
“It was remarkable. From a distance it looked like an oil slick and then you get up close and […] it’s like watching the motion of a lava lamp.”
'The Bathymetric Atlas of the English Lake District' is a hand-made book measuring 120 x 120 cm, depicting the hidden contours of the principal lakes in the English Lake District at their various altitudes at a scale of 1:41250. Each lake appears and disapears gradually as the pages, matching the altitude, are turned.
“When you get your ordnance survey map you find contour after contour detailing the forms of the mountains but you find nothing detailling the depth of the lakes”.
Conceived and devised by Christian Barnes and commissioned by Locus+.
Watch a film about it here
The metal structure of Tower Bridge over the Thames, taken by Sidney Alfred Beer in 1892 before the stone cladding.
From The National Archives UK
The New World shopping mall is a four storey former shopping mall in Bang Lamphu, Bangkok. After a fire it closed down in 1999 and not having a roof, the basement floor remains under several feet of water year round.
At some point in the early 2000′s neighbours began introducing a small population of exotic Koi and Catfish species apparently to control the spread of mosquitoes breeding in the stagnant water. The small group of fish began to thrive and the result is now a self-sustained population.
Looking up from underwater, one sees the whole sky. But it doesn’t stretch 180 degrees from horizon to horizon like it does above water. Instead it’s compressed into a circle about 97 degrees across, regardless of the observer’s depth. This occurs because light rays bend when entering or exiting water. The shrunken sky seen by submerged observers is called Snell’s Window, informally named for Willebrord Snellius, a Dutch astronomer and mathematician. It’s also called the optical manhole.
The 1910 Sunol Water Temple in Sunol, California, memorializes the convergence of 3 sources of water.
Originally the water sources convergence was housed in a simple shed to protect it from contamination, but the Spring Valley Water Compay president (who held a monopoly on water service to San Francisco)
wanted a more dignified tribute to what he viewed as the nobility of the company’s mission, the supply of clean plentiful water.
A similar structure on the San Francisco Peninsula, the Pulgas Water Temple, opened in 1934 to commemorate the completion of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct.
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Glass artists collective Bee Kingdom has been working for the last 6 months with lab technicians in Calgary’s water treatment facilities to interpret some of the micro-organisms they work with as models in hot sculpted glass. The residency period and the resulting work bring to light the often unthought-of hard work happening behind the scenes in water treatments, and the fascinating world of micro-biology present in the system.
This collaboration between Bee Kingdom and the City’s lab staff is part of Watershed+, a unique public art initiative hosted by City of Calgary’s department of Utilities and Environmental Protection as part of the Calgary Public Art Program.
Tonight Bee Kingdom and Dr. Norma Ruecker, Leader of Biology with The City’s Water Resources, will be speaking about their collaboration on THROUGH THE BEES LENSE: Water Microbes in Glass.
7:00 - 9:00pm at the Water Centre (625 25 Ave SE), Calgary
On rare years when the conditions are right in the arid landscape of the Badlands, in the American West, wildflowers burst into a display of colour for just a few days.
The vegetation in the region has adapted to the climate, with just a small amount of moisture the desert can become coloured with sweeping fields of Scorpion Weed, Beeplant and the flowers of the Pincushion Cacti. These blooms can be very short-lived to conserve moisture.
Photographs by Guy Tal
Zeppelin floating hangar on Lake Constance, 1908.
Because airships are inherently sensitive to sidewinds at launch, hangars were often build so they could be rotated in line with the wind. One approach to this was to float them.