occur everywhere in Svalbard.
never disappoints the guests and expedition staff!
at the shooting range in Longyearbyen.
in the Norwegian Sea, a volcanic hot spot on which the most northern active volcano on Earth is found.
as we continue to travel north across the Arctic Circle and towards Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago.
greeting each other at their burrow on Fair Isle in the North Sea.
and home to Sir James Hutton, father of modern geology, who formulated some of the seminal ideas in geology and was a proponent of uniformitarianism in the 18th century.
has been wonderful the past two weeks, with two geological highlights shown below.
associated with the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, where they test fired Athena and Pershing missiles during the Cold War.
Learn more about this historic relict: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_River_Launch_Complex
is an unusual and rare CO2-driven cold water geyser that is depositing a colorful mound of travertine. Furthermore, it’s the result of an improperly abandoned oil/gas exploration well immediately south of Green River, Utah, and it periodically erupts on 8 and 22 hour-long cycles that are poorly understood.
Here’s an interesting technical reference about this unusual feature: http://www.llnl.gov/tid/lof/documents/pdf/334382.pdf
purchased today at Arches National Park for $80 for becoming a senior citizen. Priceless!
accompanied a very stormy sunset in Castle Valley this evening, and here’s a frozen image of a peculiar horizontal cloud-to-cloud lightning bolt.
where I caught their courtship behavior (click any image to enlarge).