May 2011

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    One strike – One Kill! US Navy Seals – Bad to the Bone [28 Pics]

    Navy Seals - Frogmen

    Navy Seals – Frogmen
    Photo credit: Navy SEAL  & SWCC.
    The Navy Seal ETHOS (continued to following 26 pics):

    In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.

    Introduction

    Navy SEALs are a special breed of warrior who conduct special operations in any environment, but who are uniquely trained and equipped to operate from, around and in maritime areas. SEALs take their name from the environments in which they are trained to operate: sea, air and land. Their small highly trained teams usually work quietly at night conducting some of the nation’s most important missions. SEALs are constantly deployed throughout the world to protect national interests.

    Navy SEALs and their high speed boat driving counterparts, Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, form the operational arms of the Naval Special Warfare community, which is headed by the Naval Special Warfare Command. NSW acts both as the Navy’s special operations force as well as the
    Navy component of the U.S. Special Operations Command, which is responsible for all U.S. special operations forces.

    NSW training and preparation stresses an enduring commitment to individual initiative, personal responsibility
    and mission accomplishment. Naval Special Warfare goes to great lengths to ensure that its
    forces are capable and prepared.

    The following images are all available on the Navy Seals website and if you click on any image you will find a
    wallpaper sized version (to almost all images). I have also added the Navy SEAL ETHOS as caption to the images.
    They are, as the title says; BAD TO THE BONE!

    [28 pictures]

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    Wave Rock – Hard Surf in Hyden, Australia [11 Pics]

    Wave Rock

    Wave Rock

    Wave Rock is composed of granite. The total outcrop covers several hectares and is part of the Hyden Rock erosional remnant. The “wave” part of the rock is about 15 m (50 ft) high and around 110 m (350 ft) long.

    Introduction

    Wave Rock is a natural rock formation located east of the small town of Hyden, located 339 km east of Perth, Western Australia. Believed to have formed over 2700 million years ago, Wave Rock is part of the northern face of Hyden Rock. The shape of the wave is formed by gradual erosion of the softer rock beneath the upper edge, over many centuries. 14 metres high, and 110m long, the face of Wave Rock appears ready to crash onto a pre-historic surf, now frozen in time.

    The colors of the Wave are caused by the rain washing chemical deposits (carbonates and iron hydroxide) down the face, forming vertical stripes of grays reds and yellows. If you can stay a little longer, it is also worth seeing the Rock at different times of the day, as the changing sunlight alters its colors and appearance. [11 pictures]

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    Mind-blowing artistic rendering of Mars [29 Pics]

    Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Holden Crater

    Holden Crater southern ridge
    Spiky rocks hide the sun which light up the starshape thin clouds. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com

    Introduction

    The outstanding digital rendering techniques of the Dutchman Kees Veenenbos have been featured in National Geographic and on NASA pages . The images he rendered are made with a landscape program called Terragen. He has worked with this program already since 1999 in different versions. Most are made with digital elevation models of NASA, from different satellites like the Mars Global Surveyor for example.

    He made a lot of images for National Geographic, Mars images, but also of good old Earth and other planets in the solar system and even extra solar planets.

    We have put together a collection of his fantastic made images of recent and ancient Mars (with water and ice). All artwork are copyright Kees Veenenbos and we have been give special permission to use them for this article. The originals can all be found on his website: www.space4case.com (all data originate from NASA). [29 pictures]

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    The Magnificent Cliffs of Moher – one slip and you’re dead [41 Pics]

    Cliffs of Moher: Mist

    Cliffs of Moher: Mist
    As of July 2009, the Cliffs were named one of 28 global finalists in the “New Seven Wonders of Nature”. The “New Seven Wonders” winners are expected to be announced on 11 November 2011 (11/11/11). Image Credit: Unknown

    Introduction

    On the west coast of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are one of the most outstanding coastal features of Ireland and biggest Tourist Attraction. A visit to these cliffs should not be missed.
    The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort “Mothar” which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower.

    The cliffs of Moher are located just south of the Village of Doolin in Co Clare Ireland. Rising slowly from Doolin they ascend to over 700 feet (213 metres) stretching south for nearly five miles (8km) to Hags head. They are Irelands premier tourist attraction and a must see for anyone visiting Ireland. The views from the cliffs attract close to one million visitors per year. [41 pictures]

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