earthstory:

A natural needle
Is it the dark tower, an ancient skyscraper, a giant finger, the tower of Mordor or a monolith? Although it looks like the perfect setting for a fantasy trilogy, this place is for real. Pico Cão Grande (a.k.a. the great dog peak, the reason behind this is unclear) is a volcanic landform known as a volcanic plug or needle on the island of São Tomé in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Africa. A volcanic plug is created when magma hardens in a volcanic vent and is trapped. With active volcanoes plugs can cause extreme built up of pressure leading to a very explosive eruption. However, if this does not happen erosion removes the surrounding rock and only the plug of lava is exposed. Pico Cão Grande rises a mere 300m, its peak is 663m high. Nearby another volcanic plug called Pico Cão Pequeno, as the name suggests, is not as high or impressive.
The plug is very difficult to climb due to the thick blanket of mist that usually surrounds it. Rainfall varies between 4500-500mm a year on São Tomé making it a very wet and misty place. In addition, moss, lianas and giant ferns cover the needle making it as slippery as glass. To top this, the ragged spine is inhabited by vicious snakes.
-OW-
Image: Copyright Pedro Caleiro. Pico Cão Grande appears as something out of a fantasy story.
References:http://www.wondermondo.com/SaoTomePrincipe.htmhttp://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pico-cao-grande

earthstory:

A natural needle

Is it the dark tower, an ancient skyscraper, a giant finger, the tower of Mordor or a monolith? Although it looks like the perfect setting for a fantasy trilogy, this place is for real. Pico Cão Grande (a.k.a. the great dog peak, the reason behind this is unclear) is a volcanic landform known as a volcanic plug or needle on the island of São Tomé in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Africa. A volcanic plug is created when magma hardens in a volcanic vent and is trapped. With active volcanoes plugs can cause extreme built up of pressure leading to a very explosive eruption. However, if this does not happen erosion removes the surrounding rock and only the plug of lava is exposed. Pico Cão Grande rises a mere 300m, its peak is 663m high. Nearby another volcanic plug called Pico Cão Pequeno, as the name suggests, is not as high or impressive.

The plug is very difficult to climb due to the thick blanket of mist that usually surrounds it. Rainfall varies between 4500-500mm a year on São Tomé making it a very wet and misty place. In addition, moss, lianas and giant ferns cover the needle making it as slippery as glass. To top this, the ragged spine is inhabited by vicious snakes.

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Image: Copyright Pedro Caleiro. Pico Cão Grande appears as something out of a fantasy story.

References:
http://www.wondermondo.com/SaoTomePrincipe.htm
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pico-cao-grande

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hanesonly:

I almost forgot my briefcase!

it contains important lab results

diacrit:

hanesonly:

I almost forgot my briefcase!

it contains important lab results

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glasmond-photography:

Original shot by SetosHerz(Animexx|Tumblr), Editing by me.
Cassie: Layla
Kon-Elle: Schpog 

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what a beautiful day to not be in high school

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#177 Because of Tara Erraught.

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Or rather the classical music world’s reception of Tara Erraught.

Who is Tara Erraught?

An emerging Irish mezzo-soprano.

Why is she in this blog?

Because she is currently singing Octavian in the Strauss opera Der Rosenkavalier at this year’s edition of the Glyndebourne Festival. And that is a pretty amazing accomplishment. 

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But when her performance was discussed by older male critics from various UK newspapers, it was not her voice that was the centre of their discussion, but her weight:

Andrew Clark, Financial Times: ”Tara Erraught’s Octavian is a chubby bundle of  puppy-fat. He adds, later on in the text, that her performance was “gloriously sung.” 

Andrew Clements, The Guardian: ”It’s hard to imagine this stocky Octavian as this willowy woman’s plausible lover." (Because relationships between people of different sizes never happens, right?)

Michael Church, The Independent: ”This Octavian (Tara Erraught) has the demeanor of a scullery-maid.” (Despite being one of the two leads, her performance is not mentioned.)

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph: ”Tara Erraught is dumpy of stature and whether in bedroom déshabille, disguised as Mariandel or in full aristocratic fig, her costuming makes her resemble something between Heidi and Just William. Is Jones simply trying to make the best of her intractable physique or is he trying to say something about the social-sexual dynamic?

Richard Morrison, The Times of London:”Unbelievable, unsightly and unappealing.

The message is that the size of Tara Erraught’s talent and effort is less important than the size of her waistline. Women will always be valued for their looks first, then their work. 

Surprisingly, this attitude does not seem to apply to men. Who would ever have dared to suggest that Pavarotti needed to go on a diet?

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You saved me.

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You saved me.

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The proper response to street harassment

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The proper response to street harassment

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lukia-lokelani:

What if..? xD I don’t even know what to say about it…
maybe I’ll do more of this :P

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