Wednesday, December 15, 2010

15 Incredible Shots of Natural Disasters

Nature's wrath is unmerciful, and to say she's extremely powerful would be a major understatement. Understanding the capability of what she can do is hard to visualize, but with the help of some very skilled photographers, who took these shots at the perfect moment, we can come close. Here, then, are 15 amazing shots that will renew your respect for Mother Nature.

1.Supercell Thunderstorm in Montana, 2010 (Sean Heavey)

2.Chaiten Volcano in Chana, Chile, 2008 (Carlos Gutierrez)

3.Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in Iceland, 2010 (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

4.Lightning Storm in Roswell, New Mexico, 2010 (AP Photo/Roswell Daily Record, Mark Wilson)

5.Undersea Volcano in Tonga, 2009 (LOTHAR SLABON/AFP/Getty Images)

6.Brushfires in Victoria, Australia, 2009 (AP Photo)

7.Fire in Little Tujunga Canyon, California, 2008 (REUTERS/Gene Blevins)

8.Double Cyclone in Iceland, 2006 (NASA/Jesse Allen)

9.Dust Storm in China, 2001 (NASA/Jesse Allen, Robert Simmon/MODIS science team)

10.Flooding in Rajanpur district, Pakistan, 2010 (REUTERS/Stringer)

11.Flooding in Iowa, 2008 (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

12.Earthquake in Sichuan, China, 2008 (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

13.Earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 2010 (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

14.Tsunami in Hat Rai Lay Beach, near Krabi in southern Thailand, 2004 (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

15.Tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 2005 (Dimas Ardian/Getty Images)     

If Oil Prices still increase...

One horn cow

It seems that a farmer by the name of Jia Kebing noticed a small bump on his cow's forehead when it was born. Little did he know that the small bump would grow to become an 8 horn. It is truly a unicorn cow. More after the break...

Funny Difference Between Girls and Boys

Female robort

A long tradition exists in fiction, of men attempting to create the stereotypical ideal woman, and fictional gynoids have been seen as an extension of this theme. Examples include Hephaestus in the Iliad who created female servants of metal and Ilmarinen in the Kalevala who created an artificial wife. Probably most famous, however, is Pygmalion, one of the earliest conceptualizations of constructions similar to gynoids in literary history, from Ovid’s account of Pygmalion. In this myth a female statue is sculpted that is so beautiful that the creator falls in love with it, and after praying to Venus, the goddess takes pity on him and converts the statue into a real woman with whom Pygmalion has children.
In a parody of the fembots from The Bionic Woman, attractive fembots in fuzzy see-through night-gowns were used as a lure for the fictional agent Austin Powers in the movie Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery. The film’s sequels had cameo appearances of characters revealed as fembots. Judith Halberstam writes that these gynoids inform the viewer that femaleness does not indicate naturalness, and their exaggerated femininity  is used in a similar way to the title character’s exaggerated masculinity, lampooning stereotypes.

There’s a Giant Hole in this Dam Water!

At first glance you might mistake a bell-mouth spillway for a watery vortex into another dimension. What can only be described as a giant hole in the water is actually a method for controlling the release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area. These spillways help prevent floods from ‘dam’-aging or destroying a dam. 

- A spillway is a structure used to provide for the controlled release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area, typically being the river that was dammed
- Spillways release floods so that the water does not overtop and damage or even destroy the dam. Except during flood periods, water does not normally flow over a spillway
- In contrast, an intake is a structure used to release water on a regular basis for water supply, hydroelectricity generation, etc.
- Floodgates and fuse plugs may be designed into spillways to regulate water flow and dam height
- Other uses of the term “spillway” include bypasses of dams or outlets of a channels used during highwater, and outlet channels carved through natural dams such as moraines

- Some spillways are designed like an inverted bell so that water can enter all around the perimeter. These uncontrolled spillway devices are also called: morning glory, plughole, glory hole, or bell-mouth spillways
- In areas where the surface of the reservoir may freeze, bell-mouth spillways are normally fitted with ice-breaking arrangements to prevent the spillway from becoming ice-bound

- The images are from the spillways located at the Ladybower Resevoir
- The Ladybower Reservoir is a large Y-shaped reservoir, the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, England
- The River Ashop flows into the reservoir from the west; the River Derwent flows south, initially through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent Reservoir, and finally through Ladybower Reservoir
- Its longest dimension is just over 3 miles (5km), and at the time of construction it was the largest reservoir in Britain (1943)

- The Monticello Dam is a dam in Napa County, California, United States constructed between 1953 and 1957
- It is a medium concrete-arch dam with a structural height of 304 ft (93 m) and a crest length of 1,023 ft (312 m)
- It contains 326,000 cubic yards (249,000 m³) of concrete. The dam impounded Putah Creek to cover the former town of Monticello and flood Berryessa Valley to create Lake Berryessa, the second-largest lake in California
- The capacity of the reservoir is 1,602,000 acre•ft (1,976,000 dam³). Water from the reservoir is supplied mostly to the North Bay area of San Francisco
- The dam is noted for its classic, uncontrolled spillway with a rate of 48,400 cubic feet per second (1370 m³/s) and a diameter at the lip of 72 ft (22 m).  

pictures of other SPILLWAYS