Many beautiful, interesting, and strange plants live on our planet. One very unusual species is the Socotra Island dragon blood tree, or Dracaena cinnabari. This tree not only has a very distinctive appearance but also releases a red sap, or resin, that is known as dragon’s blood. People have collected and used the resin for many years.
According to legend, the first dragon blood tree was created from the blood of a dragon that was wounded when it fought an elephant. Like the unfortunate dragon, the tree secretes its resin when it’s injured. In ancient times, the resin was believed to have magical and medicinal properties. People used it as a pigment for art, a dye, and a medicine. Dragon’s blood is still used for these purposes today.
Socotra Island is part of an archipelago off the coast of Yemen and Somalia. A fascinating and unique group of plants and animals live on the islands of the archipelago. Conservation of these organisms is very important for maintaining the Earth’s biodiversity.
The Giants Causeway comprises around 40,000 thousands of mostly hexagonal basalt columns descending gently into the sea. Depending on who you believe, the stones were formed either by an underwater volcano’s geological actions or by a giant named Finn McCool, who lived and battled along the north Antrim Coast.
Earth plays razor shoot up with the sky when ice crystals are suspended into air from the ground in extreme cold conditions. The ice crystals have no preferences and react with every light source that’s there to produce this most enthralling natural phenomenon.
The ice formations got their name from their appearance as beautiful little priests bent forward in prayer, these snow pointers are formed when water vapours move in direction of the sun, and freezing thus.
Buried beneath the suppressed debris, swimming, tussling to grab onto the wooden plank of order and hold on tight for dear life, squeezed through holes smaller than my soul is ready for. Sucked into vacuums too sticky for me to leave. I’m split now, into fragments of the thing I was, not sure which small reflection to chase when none of them call my name anymore. Pure fragrances of the young soul echos, steaming off glass condensated windows, once rose-tinted, now on a spectrum of grey. We should all be fresh, ready for the springboard, always – not these wizened, broken, withered things that weep with dreams which need a taste of forever to unravel. Yet I can’t tell you what it really is, I can only tell you what it feels like. Hoping you’ll catch the feeling like a kite, run with it, turning your soul on something real… Discovering the footing to hover over steady ground, detached from suffering, yet, involved in the transforming of it, grounded and laying on a bed of foundations.
When visitors stumbled upon scores of heavy stones that appeared to have moved across the dried lake bed of Racetrack Playa in California’s Death Valley National Park, leaving a tell-tale trail in their wake, scientists were baffled. How had so many boulders, some weighing 300kg, moved as much as 250m across this remote part of the valley, asks Quora user Farhana Khanum?
Adding to the mystery, some trails were gracefully curved, while others were straight with sudden shifts to the left or right. Who, or what, had moved the stones? A slew of theories emerged, from magnetic fields to alien intervention to dust devils to pranksters.
It took a NASA scientist to crack the case. In 2006, Ralph Lorenz developed a kitchen table model using a small rock frozen in an inch of water in a Tupperware container to demonstrate ice shove, the phenomenon behind the mysterious sailing stones.
In winter, Racetrack Playa fills with water and the lakebed’s stones become encased in ice. Thanks to ice’s buoyancy, even a light breeze can send those frozen boulders sailing across the muddy bottom of the lakebed. Stones with rough bottoms leave straight tracks, while those with smooth bottoms drift and digress. Warmer months melt the ice and evaporate the water, leaving only the stones and their mysterious trails.
People can see these sailing stones in a few locations, including Little Bonne Claire Playa in Nevada and most famously, Death Valley’s Racetrack Playa.