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The living giants

Sequoia tree

Sequoia tree


The Sequoia trees are the oldest living things in the world. They grew in large forests millions of years ago, in the age of dinosaurs. During the Ice Age many kinds of Sequoias disappeared and only two kinds left on our planet. One of them, the giant Sequoia, can be found only in the north of California.
The tree was named after Sequoyah, an American Indian, who invented a written alphabet for his tribe.
No one knows how long a Sequoia can live. Many trees in Sequoia National Park, in California, are more than 3,000 years old. Now there is a law that protected Sequoias from being cut. But before it was passed one of the oldest and largest of them was chopped down. The growth ring at the center of this giant Sequoia dated back to 1305 BC. It means that it was more than a thousand years old at the time of the birth of Christ!
The General Sherman tree is one of the biggest Sequoias in the world. It is 83.8 metres high, and the diameter of its trunk is 31.4 metres.
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Beautiful and mysterious Moon

Beautiful and mysterious Moon

Beautiful and mysterious Moon

Scientists are learning more than ever about the moon. Astronauts have travelled to the moon. Our knowledge about the moon has grown, but it has remained unchanged. The moon lights up the night. It makes the sky beautiful. It makes people stop, look and wonder.
The Moon was formed billions of years ago. It is about 3,540 km from side to side. The diameter of the Earth is about 12,870 km, nearly four times wider than the Moon.
The Moon is a satellite of the Earth. The Earth has a stronger gravity and the Moon is caught in its gravitational pull. It moves around the Earth and can never get away.
Air and water are held to the Earth by gravity. The Moon’s gravity is too weak to hold them. So it has no oceans, lakes, or rivers. It also has no air.
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Spectacular Niagara Falls

Spectacular Niagara Falls

Spectacular Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular and popular sights in North America. This charming and beautiful natural wonder attracts tourists from all over the world. Honeymooners and stuntmen also like this place.
Niagara means “roaring water”. Niagara Falls is located on the Niagara River, between Lakes Erie and Ontario. It actually consists of two waterfalls, the Horseshoe Falls and American Falls.
The Horseshoe Falls is on the Canadian side of the border in the province of Ontario. Its height is about 56 metres and length of its curving line is about 670 metres. About 90 per cent of the water flows over the Horseshoe Falls.
The American Falls is on the United States side in the state of New York. It is about 58 metres high and 320 metres wide.
At the falls, the Niagara River plunges into a steep deep gorge. The gorge extends beyond Niagara Falls for about 11 kilometres. It is about 61 metres deep and consists of layers of different kinds of stone. Through the years, the gorge has become longer and longer. The ledge of the Horseshoe Falls wears away at a rate varying from about 8 centimetres to as much as 2 metres a year. The ledge of the American Falls erodes more slowly because less water flows over it. Each year, about 2.5 centimetres wears away.
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Very strange place – Pokaini forest

Pokaini forest

Pokaini forest

There is a strong anomalous zone in Latvia, near Riga – Pokaini forest. Riga researcher Ivar Wicks explored this area. He believed that the legendary Holy Grail is not a treasure, but the flow of cosmic energy spills into the bowl of Pokaini forest. He told reporters about the mysterious properties of the stones which are in the forest and meteorological anomalies in 1996. And shortly thereafter, the researcher died of an unknown disease. Latvian scientist – physicist Eugene Sidorov continued exploration of the strange place.
Many tourists, attracted by the rumors about the healing power of this place, make a pilgrimage to Pokaini forest.
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Tornadoes most violent storms

Tornadoes most violent storms

Tornadoes most violent storms

Tornadoes are the most violent of all storms. They are so powerful that no one can predict what they may do. Tornadoes uproot large trees, overturn houses, and carry away telephone booths and cars.
One tornado picked up a schoolhouse, turned it around, and then set it down backwards.
Another one carried off a horse, then dropped it on the ground. Luckily, the animal remained alive.
In Russia, during one tornado, people were amazed to see money falling out of the sky. At least a thousand coins dropped from the clouds. The winds had removed the earth from a buried treasure and picked up the coins.
A typical tornado is usually shaped like a funnel — wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. When it has picked up enough material (leaves, dirt, pieces of wood, etc.), it sometimes looks like a giant elephant. But tornadoes can come in other shapes, too.
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Water and ice by Zaria Forman

Water and ice by Zaria Forman

Water and ice by Zaria Forman

Zaria Forman is a very talented artist, who creates exciting pastel drawings. She is called the “Queen of the Icebergs”. Ice and water in her pictures look incredibly realistic. This series of pictures is called “Chasing The Light”.
Zaria can be considered a hero of our time, because she not only draws wonderful pictures, but also actively promotes environmental protection. Her pictures urge people to pay attention to environmental problems. Global warming occurs because of human activity. Icebergs, huge amounts of water, are melting at an unprecedented rate. If all icebergs turn into water, humanity will cease to exist!
Art can be not only beautiful, but also useful for mankind. People must reflect on the fragility of the world and take the right decision.
Zaria’s pictures are exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and overseas.
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Ginny – the dog who rescued cats

Philip Gonzalez and Ginny

Philip Gonzalez and Ginny

Ginny was a dog that had saved the hundreds of homeless cats. She was found in an abandoned house. Ginny was locked in a closet with her three puppies with no food or water for about a week. Fortunately, they were rescued.
In 1990, as a result of an accident at work, Philip Gonzalez became disabled. The man was depressed and his neighbor, Sheila Harris, persuaded him to adopt a dog to lift his spirits. They went to shelter together. Philip wanted a big dog – a Doberman or Rottweiler. But at that time there were no big dogs there. A shelter worker offered to look at a Schnauzer/Siberian-Husky mix. When Philip came to the dog, she began licking his hands. At first he wasn’t impressed at all but Sheila advised to take the dog for a walk. After the walk Philip adopted her from the shelter and named Ginny. Philip was actually her first rescue.
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