Camping in Cuba

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I ended this semester right by traveling to the boonies where my friend owns a quaint little cabin. It was hot in Cuba, NY but not nearly as hot as the real Cuba. I have to share my experience because the cabin was such an efficient use of space! There were 16 people having a blast in that cabin and there was still room for more.  The bathroom had a great shower, toilet, sink, soap, and there was a microwave, stove, oven, and fridge in the kitchen. There were bunk beds everywhere, a master bed, even more places to sleep upstairs, couches, a television with a gaming system, the list goes on…It was very organized. My friend said his grandpa bought the cabin years ago and fixed it up himself. They even added their own balcony to the second floor. The cabin was practically livable. A lot of thought and upkeep went into it, but the result was amazing.

Day one was spent decompressing from college finals. We played minecraft on the plasma and waited for people to arrive. Our second day was full of hackensack, singing, dancing, beatboxing, cajon and djembe drumming, guitar playing, and generally causing a ruckus. I encourage every one of you guys to get outside and enjoy the sun this summer. I won’t be missing the flying ants or creepy crawlies from Cuba but I can say memories were made.

Peace out. Jess

Spring Break

Check out this adorable sign from the maple farm! There are four within our region, some offering pancake breakfasts and horse-drawn sleigh rides through the maple trail. Mom asked if I wanted to go out when I arrived home from spring break, and I thought all I want to do is lay around and do nothing. But the maple farm is only open to the public twice a year, or so she said, and I have a total of 8 other days to sit around and watch t.v. When I called my job at the VA, they reported back about a hiring freeze. Freeze? Hiring? VA? They seemed to know little about it other than the fact I couldn’t come back. So here I sit- slouch rather- twiddling my thumbs over spring break. I’ve been outside a few times already. I even cracked a book. Best of all, I’ve blogged. Continue reading “Spring Break”

Storms

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Exhibit A: Picture of a microburst.

I was standing in front of the window of our small apartment. I could barely see it at my height. Perhaps it is one of my first memories. The sky was a purple and pink hue. It looked so pretty but Mom said there was a storm. You shouldn’t stand near a window in a storm. Continue reading “Storms”

Exploding Lakes

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Lake Kivu of Rwanda is among the world’s 10 naturally deadliest lakes.

Watching these calm waters from afar, an onlooker would be completely unaware of the toxins that dwell under the surface. Only a few lakes in the world, like Lake Kivu, are sitting on top of inactive volcanoes. Hidden magma pools expel bubbles of CO2 into the lake that can build into massive pockets of gas at the bottom of the lake. Seasonal lake turnover then turns into a deadly event. Many scientists have studied the tragedy that occurred at Lake Nyos in Cameroon. Continue reading “Exploding Lakes”

Wonder Down Under 2

What makes Lake Rotomairewhenua of New Zealand the cleanest lake in the entire world? It compares to distilled water in its level of clarity and cleanliness. In my last post I covered the possibilities of UV radiation, decreased air pressure, freezing cold temperatures, and limited human interference. After a little digging, I found “The Freshwater Project” by Michel Roggo from Switzerland, a guy whose passion is photographing clear, beautiful waters.

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Membrane filtration as explained by http://www.yamit-f.com/

Continue reading “Wonder Down Under 2”

Wonder Down Under

Blue Lake or Rotomairewhenua of New Zealand contains the cleanest natural water in the entire world. It is protected not only by Nelson Lakes National Park but also by a local tribe for its sacred waters.

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http://www.aotearoa.ru

If you’re anything like me, you probably wonder why and how Rotomairewhenua came to be this way. Although only seven meters deep, you can see straight through it. Students at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland conducted a study called “New technology purifies waste water by freezing it first: Possible applications in mineral extraction industry”in January of 2015 that helped me connect the dots on this lake. Continue reading “Wonder Down Under”

Fish Water?

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http://www.thinkfish.co.uk

When I visited the famed underground cistern of Istanbul, which once provided a constant water supply for a massive palace, I noted that fish swam around in the water to “reduce bacteria”. Of course we’ve all owned algae eating fish at one point or another that kept our goldfish tanks clean, but these were massive fish that took the form of catfish or maybe even koi. After much wonderment I had the chance to look further into this method of decontamination myself. It turns out that even scientists debate the effectiveness of using fish to clean water. With a little reading I discovered that fish might consume algae in reservoirs in developing countries, but they certainly don’t purify water enough to drink it. Fish catalyze a reaction that reduces ammonia from rain water, making the water more suitable for life but not quite drinkable. Frankly, it sounds like an experiment I’d really love to try.

Please read the forum! Here is the link: fish-water forum