From Earth to the Solar System: Mono Lake

MONO LAKE: Calcium carbonate formations called tufa give California’s Mono Lake an otherworldly feel. Mountains surround the lake, forming a closed hydrological basin—water flows in, but it doesn’t flow out. Because the only way for water to leave Mono Lake is through evaporation, it is naturally hypersaline—roughly 2-3 times saltier than the ocean. Freshwater streams… Continue reading From Earth to the Solar System: Mono Lake


Nakhla Meteorite Fragment, 1911

Thirty-four meteorites thought to have originated from Mars have been cataloged from around the world, including the Nakhla meteorite. On June 28, 1911, the Nakhla meteorite fell to Earth at approximately 9 a.m. in the Nakhla region of Alexandria, Egypt. Many people witnessed its explosion in the upper atmosphere before the meteorite dropped in about… Continue reading Nakhla Meteorite Fragment, 1911


Blast from the Past

In the good old summertime. A young visitor plays in a pool of water which, together with the water jet and the tiny water canals, form the Fountain Garden, a unique setting outside the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art. The fountain garden is part of the Enid A. Haupt Garden in the South… Continue reading Blast from the Past

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