he Mariana Trench is part of the Izu-Bonin-Mariana subduction system that forms the boundary between two tectonic plates. In this system, the western edge of one plate, the Pacific Plate, is subducted (i.e., thrust) beneath the smaller Mariana Plate that… Read more ›
The Kamo River (鴨川 Kamo-gawa, duck river – see onomastics) is located in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The riverbanks are popular walking spots for residents and tourists. In summer, restaurants open balconies looking out to the river. There are pathways running… Read more ›
About 430 people were stuck on a train overnight in Japan because of heavy snow that blanketed much of the country’s Japan Sea coast, a railway official said Friday.
Credit: NASA/SDO The spectacular total solar eclipse that swept the United States dominated headlines as it delighted scientists and the public alike in August 2017 (the above image of the Moon transiting across the Sun was taken by NASA’s Solar… Read more ›
Kazuo Ishiguro Nobel Lecture: My Twentieth Century Evening – and Other Small Breakthroughs If you’d come across me in the autumn of 1979, you might have had some difficulty placing me, socially or even racially. I was then 24 years… Read more ›
During the holiday season, the Firenze Light Festival brings new color to Florence’s Old Bridge, or Ponte Vecchio. This historic structure has crossed the Arno for centuries. In its early days, butchers and fishmongers operated here, but city leaders gave… Read more ›
The Headwaters Wilderness in Wisconsin The ‘headwaters’ in the name of this wilderness area refers to the Pine River, where forested bogs and swamps make up an ecosystem that’s open to hiking, though there are few marked trails. Headwaters Wilderness… Read more ›