alt-J — Every Other Freckle
Tonight, alt-J’s highly anticipated sophomore album, This Is All Yours, was released. With fourteen tracks, the English band carefully navigates a dirty tongue, beautiful indie and ethereal electronica.
A slow, folksy beginning tumbles into a drumming baseline but it’s Joe Newman’s lead vocals that orchestrate this song: a testament to her form, her taste, her rawness. His voice travels up and down her body, it’s in her hair in crooning promises, on the inside of her thighs in echoing harmonies and the twinges of electronica gives her goosebumps. It makes the song imperfectly sexy, as it follows her curves from indie anthem to marching band rock to pop-electronica.
It takes guts, talent and raw sex appeal to pull off a hot serenade like this one, such a combination might only come around once a year. 2013 was Beyoncé’s “I want you to turn that cherry out” and 2014 will be alt-J’s “turn you inside out and lick you like a crisp packet.”
I cannot stress enough that every Oregonian should summit South Sister at least once. Even with all the people and crazy steep grade at times, it is really spectacular to see everything from St Helens to the north, Mary’s Peak to the west, Mt Thielson to the south, and Tam McArthur Ridge to the east. Plus the geology is aaaamazing. (at South Sister Summit)
both chinstrap and adele penguins rely on krill for food, but the krill population, which itself relies on phytoplankton found beneath icebergs, has decreased by 80 percent. as the antarctic ice continues to melt, the phytoplankton are prevented from accessing cold water nutrients found beneath the icebergs, which ends up putting populations of the penguins at risk.
there’s now strong evidence to suggest a more than 50 percent drop in the abundance of chinstraps breeding since 1986, while the adelie population northeast of the ross sea has declined by 90 percent.
THE EYE OF THE SAHARA
Introducing the Richat Structure, more commonly known as the Eye of the Sahara.
This 40km-wide dome-like structure is situated in the western Sahara Desert, near the town of Ouadane, Mauritania.
You would be forgiven for mistaking the Eye for an impact crater - the huge domed shape certainly fooled some early geologists studying it - but there is no evidence of shock metamorphism or extraterrestrial material that we associate with such events. So what’s going on?
The Eye of the Sahara is in fact a heavily eroded dome that happens to have some very cool geology in the form of clearly-defined and varied beds.
Around 100 million years ago, an anticlinal fold formed at the site (caused by a combination of tectonic forces and a large igneous intrusion rising from deep below the crust) forcing beds of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock upwards into a very neat dome.
Since then, the structure has been heavily eroded - but the different rock types eroded at different rates. Sedimentary sandstone and limestone beds are very easily eroded, but igneous and metamorphic bodies are generally more resistant. Layers of erosion-resistant metaquartzite and rhyolite have led to the formation of escarpments and small cliffs at various points in the Structure, as layers of metamorphic and volcanic rock meet sedimentary beds. The Eye of the Sahara is, then, just a particularly impressive looking eroded dome.
Bizarrely, the Eye’s ‘pupil’ is now home to a small hotel - you can spend the night sleeping in a hut at the centre of a very cool geological formation.
Click here for a panoramic view from the centre of the Eye:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNfSXYnaYDM
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