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A lake that Glows in the dark - Gipssland lake in Victoria, Australia.
It is believed the combination of bush fires and floods created the high levels of nutrients in the lakes for the organisms to feed.
A bizarre phenomenon that has turned the water in an Australian lake a fluorescent shade of blue.
Swimmers who took a midnight dip in the lake in Victoria also appeared to glow in the dark thanks to a chemical reaction called bioluminescence, which happens when a naturally-occurring micro-organism in the water is disturbed.
According to Dr. Robert Hillstrom, scientists believed that “the combination of the fire and then the rain washed ash and nitrogen-rich soil into the water,” causing a cluster of lakes known as the Gippsland Lakes to glow at night. These lakes experienced a rise in sea level and that “caused the lakes to mix with sea water, which also raised the salinity.”

A lake that Glows in the dark - Gipssland lake in Victoria, Australia.

It is believed the combination of bush fires and floods created the high levels of nutrients in the lakes for the organisms to feed.

A bizarre phenomenon that has turned the water in an Australian lake a fluorescent shade of blue.

Swimmers who took a midnight dip in the lake in Victoria also appeared to glow in the dark thanks to a chemical reaction called bioluminescence, which happens when a naturally-occurring micro-organism in the water is disturbed.

According to Dr. Robert Hillstrom, scientists believed that “the combination of the fire and then the rain washed ash and nitrogen-rich soil into the water,” causing a cluster of lakes known as the Gippsland Lakes to glow at night. These lakes experienced a rise in sea level and that “caused the lakes to mix with sea water, which also raised the salinity.”
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Clathrus ruber, Red Cage (older name Latticework Fungus). A striking and unusual fungus, which can occur all the year round, although reaching a peak in October. This fungus is southern in origin, and only reaches the south west corners of mainland Britain, but is quite common in the Channel Islands. I feel it will become more common as the use of wood-chip as a mulch persists, as it loves to colonise this habitat. The organism is first seen as a dirty white “egg” which appears half buried in the soil, and can be nearly the size of a tennis ball. Just before it cracks open hexagonal lines can be seen along which the skin splits. The bright orange net-like spherical body emerges, and the inside of this is lined with a slimy dark brown substance called gleba. This has a most revolting smell, which will attract flies. When the flies remove this layer they take the spores with them to spread the fungus. It can be found in gardens, parks, hotel grounds etc. as well as banks of shady lanes.

Clathrus ruber, Red Cage (older name Latticework Fungus). A striking and unusual fungus, which can occur all the year round, although reaching a peak in October. This fungus is southern in origin, and only reaches the south west corners of mainland Britain, but is quite common in the Channel Islands. I feel it will become more common as the use of wood-chip as a mulch persists, as it loves to colonise this habitat. The organism is first seen as a dirty white “egg” which appears half buried in the soil, and can be nearly the size of a tennis ball. Just before it cracks open hexagonal lines can be seen along which the skin splits. The bright orange net-like spherical body emerges, and the inside of this is lined with a slimy dark brown substance called gleba. This has a most revolting smell, which will attract flies. When the flies remove this layer they take the spores with them to spread the fungus. It can be found in gardens, parks, hotel grounds etc. as well as banks of shady lanes.

  • 2 years ago

Accident Prone Street Covered in Bubble Wrap.

A street identified as being the most accident prone in the UK, has been covered in bubble wrap to help protect residents from harming themselves. Somerville Rd. in Worcester has averaged 10 insurance claims every year for the last decade, so insurance company Confused.com decided to wrap the whole street up in bubble wrap. This was all in an effort to raise safety awareness. It took 1500 square meters of bubble wrap to cover it all.

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A marathon span: China opens world’s longest bridge over water with a price tag of at least $1.5 billion, the Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 2.5 miles longer than Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

The bridge, which is supported by more than 5,000 pillars, took more than four years to build. The earthquake- and typhoon-proof bridge is designed to withstand the impact of a 300,000-ton vessel. Xinhua said the bridge would shorten the journey between Qingdao and Huangdao by about 18 miles, cutting travel time from 40 minutes to 20 minutes. According to the Telegraph, the bridge was expected to carry more than 30,000 cars a day.

It reported that at least 10,000 people worked in two teams around the clock on the span’s construction.

  • 2 years ago

Flowering Pebbles: The Plants That Look Like Stones

Lithops are tiny succulent plants with a slit in the middle. The fissure is actually the partition of the two globular leaves. This is also the part where the flowers and new leaves will come out. The plants produce either white or yellow flowers which are usually sweetly scented.

Lithops have no stem and the leaves are mostly buried to the ground with only the top part showing on the surface to allow sunlight to enter the leaves for photosynthesis. Even their leaves are not colored green like most plants. Instead, they come in various shades of cream, grey, and brown and the top surface is patterned with darker windowed areas, dots and lines. These colorings and markings give the plant their pebble look, the perfect disguise to prevent them from being feast on by grazing animals especially during times of drought.

The name lithops came from two ancient Greek words which means “stone faced.”Lithops are native to southern Africa. Since they are quite easy to grow, many gardeners love to have them as house plants. They thrive in low humidity and don’t need frequent watering and care. They just need plenty of sunlight and well drained soil.

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