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Pallas’s cat is a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in the grasslands and montane steppe of Central Asia. The species is negatively affected by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting, and has therefore been classified as ‘Near Threatened’ by IUCN since 2002.
Ugh so fluffy
I want eleven.
The Amazonian Royal Flycatcher. Found in Mexico, Central America, Columbia and Venezuela. Its typical habitat consists mostly of subtropical or moist lowland forest.
From Earth Science Picture Of The Day; March 9, 2014:
Anticrepuscular Rays Over Reunion Island
Photographer: Luc Perot; Summary Authors: Luc Perot, Jim Foster
The photo above shows a wonderful display of anticrepuscular rays as observed from Reunion Island on the evening of January 15, 2014. The nearly full Moon is rising amidst the rosy rays, with the Belt of Venus. Anticrepuscular rays are simply an extension of crepuscular rays. If the air is sufficiently clean and clear and the crepuscular rays sufficiently distinct, rays can be seen fanning out on both sides of the sky — on opposite horizons. In actuality, the lanes of light and shadow are parallel to each other; perspective makes them appear otherwise.
From Wikipedia Picture Of The Day; March 9, 2014:
“Mariana" is a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, published in 1830. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, though possibly drawing on influences from sources as varied as Sappho and Keats. It depicts a young woman lamenting her isolation from society, and her despair at her lover’s absence, using imagery of a decaying wasteland surrounding Mariana’s house to convey her emotions and isolation. The poem was well received at publication; one modern scholar described Mariana as “the most famous heroine of the 1830 volume”.
From Smithsonian Photo Of The Day; March 9, 2014:
Photography by Becky Kagan Schott, Aston, PA
From National Geographic Photo Of The Day; March 9, 2014:
Lone Shark Denis Nezhentsev, National Geographic Your Shot
Your Shot member Denis Nezhentsev captured this underwater scene, a recent Daily Dozen selection, during a dive safari near Wolf Island in the Galápagos. “The main purpose of the shoot was hammerhead sharks and stingrays,” he says. “I first went into the big cloud of small fish, and then there was a pack of hammerhead sharks circling me. I could only hope they were satiated and took the shot.”
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From Astronomy Picture Of The Day; March 9, 2014:
What created this unusual hole in Mars? The hole was discovered by chance in 2011 on images of the dusty slopes of Mars’ Pavonis Mons volcano taken by the HiRISE instrument aboard the robotic Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently circling Mars. The hole appears to be an opening to an underground cavern, partly illuminated on the image right. Analysis of this and follow-up images revealed the opening to be about 35 meters across, while the interior shadow angle indicates that the underlying cavern is roughly 20 meters deep. Why there is a circular crater surrounding this hole remains a topic of speculation, as is the full extent of the underlying cavern. Holes such as this are of particular interest because their interior caves are relatively protected from the harsh surface of Mars, making them relatively good candidates to contain Martian life. These pits are therefore prime targets for possible future spacecraft, robots, and even human interplanetary explorers.
Incredibly high pitched goat sounds