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UNESCO Considering Adding Great Barrier Reef To List Of Endangered Sites

UNESCO Considering Adding Great Barrier Reef To List Of Endangered Sites Jun 18th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Richard Ling via WikiMedia This past Sunday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) kicked off its annual conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Over the next ten days, the 1300 delegates in attendance will discuss which new locations from around the globe deserve possible inclusion on its exclusive list of World Heritage Sites. Some of the candidates include...

Photo Of The Day: Climbing Active Volcano Mount Bromo

Photo Of The Day: Climbing Active Volcano Mount Bromo Jun 16th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Lauren Irons, Flickr Ever set foot on an active volcano? There are about 1500 known active volcanoes around the world, and if you're up for it, you are able to climb many of them. Mount Bromo in East Java is one of those active volcanoes, and in this photo by Lauren Irons we get a good feel for what it's like to be standing atop a volcano and looking into the center. The still puffing volcano...

Norwegian Scientists Plan To Freeze Themselves In Polar Ice

Norwegian Scientists Plan To Freeze Themselves In Polar Ice Jun 16th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Wikimedia Commons A hundred and twenty years ago, Norwegian scientist Fridtjof Nansen started a journey that made him one of the greatest explorers of all time. He set out to purposely get his ship frozen in the polar ice. The reason? To study polar currents. His ship, the Fram, was purpose-built for the task. It needed to be; many crews had perished in the far north when their ships got frozen...

Video: Everest In Time-Lapse

Jun 16th, 2013 at 8:00AM: We've seen some truly amazing time-lapse videos in recent months but it is difficult to top this one. It was shot on Mt. Everest this spring and delivers a true sense of the scale of that mountain. Many of the images were captured at various campsites along the route up to the summit and feature some stunning shots of the night sky above the tallest mountain in the world. It is a short, but...

Mammoth Mountain Summer Camp Will Make You Wish You Were A Kid Again

Mammoth Mountain Summer Camp Will Make You Wish You Were A Kid Again Jun 15th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Mammoth Mountain Remember when we were kids and summer camp meant hiking in Yosemite, whitewater rafting and camping under the stars? Yeah, me neither! My summer camp wasn't nearly half as cool as that! Those are exactly the kinds of activities that Mammoth Mountain will offer kids this summer at their annual Mammoth Kids Summer Camp, however, providing six days filled with fun and adventure that...

Five Months After Antarctic Plane Crash, Crew Declared Dead

Five Months After Antarctic Plane Crash, Crew Declared Dead Jun 14th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Drew Coleman/Antarctic NZ Three crew members who were aboard an aircraft that went down in the Antarctic this past January were officially declared dead by a coroner in New Zealand this week as the inquiry into the accident got underway. The small Twin Otter airplane was en route from the South Pole to an Italian research station near Terra Nova Bay when it crashed into the side of a mountain....

Video: 100 Years Of Climbing Mt. McKinley

Video: 100 Years Of Climbing Mt. McKinley Jun 12th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Project Gutenberg Standing 20,320 feet in height, Mt. McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America and one of the most challenging climbs in the entire world. While it doesn't rival the big Himalayan peaks in terms of altitude, it more than makes up for it with a number of technical climbing challenges and notoriously fickle weather that can even be bad during the peak climbing season of May...

NASA Removes The Ice From Antarctica For Our Best View Of The Continent Yet

NASA Removes The Ice From Antarctica For Our Best View Of The Continent Yet Jun 11th, 2013 at 8:00AM: NASA Thanks to an incredibly thick layer of snow and ice, the topographical layout of the Antarctic continent has always remained shrouded in mystery, leaving geographers to ponder what exactly it looks like. Back in 2001, an extensive survey using modern technologies gave us our first real glimpse at Antarctica without the ice. That project resulted in a map called "Bedrock" that provided the...

Video: 102-Year-Old Woman Makes First BASE Jump

Jun 9th, 2013 at 8:00AM: In celebration of her impending milestone birthday, Dorothy Custer wanted to do something a little different this year. So, on the day she turned 102 she decided to make a tandem BASE jump off the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho. That's a leap of 486 feet and as you can tell from the video below, Dorothy enjoyed ever second of the experience, which also gave her the record as the oldest person...

'Sesame Street' Explores The National Parks

'Sesame Street' Explores The National Parks Jun 6th, 2013 at 8:00AM: National Park Service The creative minds behind the long-running PBS children's television series "Sesame Street" have joined forces with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to produce a series of videos designed to connect young children with nature. The six videos, which can be found on YouTube, star popular characters Elmo and Murray who are joined by Park Rangers from...

US National Trail System Expands By 650 Miles

US National Trail System Expands By 650 Miles Jun 5th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Paulbalegend via Wikimedia Last week – just in time for National Trails Day – newly appointed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the designation of 28 new National Recreation Trails located in 18 states across the country. These new additions offer a wide variety of experiences for outdoor enthusiasts while adding an additional 650 miles to the existing U.S. National...

Celebrate World Oceans Day With A Live Tour Of The Great Barrier Reef

Celebrate World Oceans Day With A Live Tour Of The Great Barrier Reef Jun 4th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Kraig Becker This coming Saturday, June 8, is World Oceans Day, a global event designed to celebrate the important role that the oceans play in keeping our planet a vibrant place for us to live. Throughout the day there will be hundreds of events taking place across the globe that will help educate us on the importance of keeping our oceans healthy, while raising awareness of the challenges they...

Waikiki Classic Gives Girls A Chance To Connect With Surf Culture

Waikiki Classic Gives Girls A Chance To Connect With Surf Culture Jun 2nd, 2013 at 8:00AM: Tom Servais Next weekend, on June 8-9, the third annual Waikiki Classic surfing competition will take place on Queens Beach in Hawaii. The event, which is sponsored by Roxy, will feature some of the biggest names in women's surfing today, including World Longboard Champion and Waikiki native Kelia Moniz, pro-surfer Rosy Hodge and four-time world champion, and surfing legend, Lisa Anderson. For...

Take A Hike! (For National Trails Day)

Take A Hike! (For National Trails Day) Jun 1st, 2013 at 9:00AM: American Hiking Society The American Hiking Society has declared today National Trails Day across the U.S. in an effort to encourage all of us to get outside and visit our favorite trail. This annual celebration of the outdoors serves as a reminder of the fantastic natural resources that we have around us and how important it is for our general health and well being to connect with nature on a...

Video: Daredevil Jumps Off Everest

May 30th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Since the dawn of time, man has looked to the great mountains and dreamed of jumping off of them. When Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay summited 60 years ago, they didn't have the equipment to fly off. But today we do. And to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the first summit, Russian BASE jumper Valery Rozov threw himself off the north face in China, 23,688 feet above sea level. It wasn't the...

Sherpas May Install Ladder On Everest To Lessen Crowds

Sherpas May Install Ladder On Everest To Lessen Crowds May 30th, 2013 at 9:00AM: EPA A controversial plan to install a ladder on Mt. Everest has been met with a less than enthusiastic response from the mountaineering community. The mountain guides behind the proposal say that the ladder will help to alleviate traffic jams near the summit, while purists claim that it will detract from the overall challenge of the climb. The plan was first made public this past weekend when...

Archaeologists Discover Nearly 5000 Cave Paintings In Mexico

Archaeologists Discover Nearly 5000 Cave Paintings In Mexico May 29th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Mexican National Institute of Anthropology Archaeologists have made a startling discovery in a remote region of Mexico that could have an impact on what we've previously known about early inhabitants in North America. While exploring numerous sites in the northeastern region of Burgos, researchers have come across nearly 5000 cave paintings, which would be a remarkable find at any time. But these...

Google Bringing The Galapagos Islands To Street View

Google Bringing The Galapagos Islands To Street View May 28th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Google Google's Street View technology is a fantastic tool for those who love to travel. The service, which is integrated into Google Maps, gives us the chance to take a virtual tour of places that range from our hometown to some of the more iconic places around the globe. For instance, over the past few years, Street View has allowed us to visit Mt. Everest, the Amazon and the Great Barrier Reef,...

Climbing The Mountain Of God, The World's Weirdest Volcano

Climbing The Mountain Of God, The World's Weirdest Volcano May 27th, 2013 at 11:00AM: huguesn, Flickr In the northern Arusha region of Tanzania near the border with Kenya, a geological oddity pokes its nose out of the rift valley floor. It's Ol Doinyo Lengai, the only volcano in the world that erupts with natrocarbonatite lava. Natrocarbonatite is half the temperature of the glowing silicate lava you see oozing out of Hawaiian volcanoes and it flows many times faster. It spills...

Video: Life Advice From The First American To Climb Everest

May 26th, 2013 at 8:00AM: "A Life Well Lived | Jim Whittaker & 50 Years of Everest" from eric becker on Vimeo. As the first American to climb Everest, Jim Whittaker knows a thing or too about living life to the fullest. He was part of the historic 1963 expedition that broke new ground on the world's tallest mountain, which would be enough adventure for most people. But even now, at the age of 80, Whittaker continues...

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