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This is a kind of sea duck known as a king eider (Somateria spectabilis). It is wild. King eiders are closely related to common eiders (Somateria mollissima), which are the source of the soft feathers known as "eiderdown".


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Shadegan Lagoon, Iran

The final chapter in the book is 'Where we are not', which shows the few places on the earth where humanity has had little impact, such as the Shadegan Lagoon in Iran. “This image conveys an unfathomable sense of time,” Grant says. “When you see this lagoon, you can see how it took tens of thousands of years or more to look this way. Whereas the images of humanity’s impact on the earth – massive cities, ports or mining operations – really have only sprung up in a massive way in the last 100 years for most, the last 200 years for a few.” Many patterns in the natural world recur in unexpected places. The lagoon is fed by tributaries of rivers that are perfectly level, so it’s the properties of water that result in drainage that looks almost vascular. “We’re reminded of biology, here – these tributaries look like the roots of trees. But I’ll share this image with doctors, and they’ll say it looks like veins and arteries.” (Credit: Images (c) 2016 by DigitalGlobe, Inc)


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بالصورة: نفق سري في أعلى قمة لبنانية!
متل ما هي - الثلاثاء 21 أيار 2019 - 06:08 -
الزمان: 19 أيار 2019
المكان: القرنة السوداء فوق جبال الأرز.
هذه الصورة التقطها أحد الأصدقاء لطريق عيناتا - الأرز التي عملت الجرّافات لوقت طويل على فتحها وهي الشريان الحيوي المهمّ الذي يصل محافظة البقاع بمحافظة الشمال.
الطريق تأخر فتحها نظراً لكثافة الثلوج وتراكمها بسبب الطقس العاصف والمثلج الذي شهده لبنان في شهر نيسان الماضي.
هذا النفق الرائع بين حائطين من الثلوج أصبح مقصد هواة السير في الجبال ومحبي الطبيعة، لأن في لبنان جمالاً لم يكتشفه بعد كل اللبنانيين، عسى أن نحافظ على ما تبقّى من بيئة تميّز هذا الوطن.