November 15th, 2007

Ancient Mysteries

Hidden Cities


Why would anyone want to hide a city in the first place? Well sometimes cities are hidden, not because anyone wanted to hide them, but because they became abandoned over time and then overgrown.


Another reason for a hidden city, is that it was built on top of. Then there are those cities that were actually kept a secret for different reasons. 

Usually they were attached to some secret project.


A new ground penetrating radar has found many hidden cities and underground systems. They are not in just one or two places either, they have been located all over the world. Some of the finds were incredible. Tunnels were found under a Mayan pyramid that stretched for over 500 + miles.


This would have allowed the Mayans to escape if invaded and many of them must have. Caverns that had been hollowed out and that are over 15,000 years old and are at least three levels deep, have been found under the Egyptian Pyramids. Who built them and why?


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Our Planet

Strange Places


There are a lot of strange places on this Earth of ours. One of the strangest is the bottom of the ocean. Being on the bottom of the ocean, or even underwater in some areas, is like being on another world.


Lake Vida is a lake that is under nineteen meters of ice, approximately 62.5 feet, under Antarctica. It has been sealed off for at least 2,800 years. But how come this is not a frozen lake since everything above it is frozen? The answer to this question is simple, the lake is seven times saltier than sea water and that keeps it from freezing.


The Antarctic has 70 known lakes of this type. Scientists are very interested in this type of lake, because they think that there may be a chance that they may find something similar on Mars.


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Unknown Species

What about all the others?


Most people can tell the difference between some types of berries, or bugs or trees, but much of the planet's life remains unnamed and unseen.

A stunningly egotistical Swedish naturalist, Carl Linnaeus, tried long ago to set humanity on track to remedy that. 

His book, "Systema Naturae," first published in 1735 at 13 pages long, proposed a hierarchical system for classifying plants, animals and minerals (we later chipped away minerals into the domain of geology) and launched an effort to identify and inventory all the world's living things.

Now 250 years after publication of the book's latter editions, scientists still have discovered as few as 10 percent of the species now living on Earth, said Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson, who spoke here last week at an event at the New York Botanical Garden to celebrate a visit of Linnaeus' personal copy of the book's first edition.

"We live, in short, on a little-known planet. When dealing with the living world, we are flying mostly blind,"
Wilson said. 

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“A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.”


Edmond de Goncourt (1822 - 1896)

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Delta IV

A Delta IV-Heavy rocket roars off a launch pad at
Cape Canaveral, on Nov. 10, 2007, carrying the 23rd Defense Support Program satellite. This payload marks the end of an era, as it is the final DSP satellite in its program.
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