Some bars in German-speaking countries have β€œSpeibecken”, which are basins in the restrooms designed for users to vomit into. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
The highest point (Mount Whitney at 14,494 feet (4,418 meters) above sea level) and lowest point( Badwater Basin at 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level) in the Contiguous US are only 88 (142 kilometers) miles apart. howderfamily.com/blog/dea…
POWs from Rommel's Afrika Korps helped build a 200 acre hydraulic model of the entire Mississippi river basin. It has helped prevent millions of dollars of damage by allowing engineers to test the impacts of flood control measures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Methuselah is a 4,852-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine tree growing high in the White Mountains in California. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
The Great Lakes of North America are only a few thousand years old. They formed when the ice sheets of the most recent glacial period began to recede about 14,000 years ago, filling the basins they left behind with water. britannica.com/place/Grea…
Formerly the fourth largest lake in the world with an area of 26,300 sq mi, the Aral Sea has been shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. The eastern basin of the Aral Sea has completely dried up and is now called the Aralkum Desert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
The ponds that are common in residential neighborhoods are not installed as water features, they’re actually retention basins used to offset the drainage capacity of the ground removed by paving roads and building houses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
There's a river basin in Venezuela that gets struck by lightening over 200 times per hour for up to 10 hrs straight. It occurs more than 100 times a year and is predictable up to a few months in advanced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned of the East African Rift, a continental rift zone in East Africa that is in the process of splitting into two new tectonic plates, called the Somali Plate and the Nubian Plate, at a rate of 6–7 mm per year. The lithospheric rupture will occur within 10 million years, forming a new ocean basin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
California’s Death Valley contains the lowest point in North America β€” a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. The basin sits 282 feet (86 m) below sea level where a temporary lake may form after heavy rainstorms. nps.gov/places/badwater-b…
Today I learned about the Zanclean Flood, which formed the Gibraltar Strait and re-filled the dried up Mediterranean Basin in less than two years. Sea level rise may have reached greater than ten meters per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
: Brine Pool - the mystical lake of death at the bottom of the sea. A brine pool is a large area of brine on the ocean basin with salinity three to eight times greater than the surrounding ocean acting as a death-trap to any unfortunate creature that strays into its toxic waters youtube.com/watch?v=xuJiU…
The US Navy has a massive indoor pool called MASK (maneuvering and seakeeping basin) in Maryland that houses 12-million gallons of water and can replicate any ocean wave situation in the world, ideal for testing equipment and scale models of boats youtu.be/39nPJjG_1J0
Today I learned about the Zanclean Flood which is a flood theorized to have refilled the Mediterranean Sea 5.33 million years ago after it had been cut off from the Atlantic for almost 600,000 years. It is theorized that it only took several months to two years to entirely fill the Mediterranean Basin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
In 1938 Chinese deliberately flooded the Yellow River basin by shifting the river’s course in order to hinder the Japanese invasion, resulting in as many as 800,000 deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
Today I learned of a 100yr old+ Winchester Model 1873 was found abandoned against a tree with the bottom of its stock buried in 4-5 inches of accumulated soil and vegetation, in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, saving it from an eventual wildfire which destroyed said tree. Its called the Forgotten Winchester en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
From atop Telescope Peak in Death Valley, CA, one can see both the highest point (Mt Whitney) and the lowest point (Badwater Basin) in the Continental US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
The highest point (The peak of Mount Whitney at 14,494 feet / 4,418 meters) and lowest point (The Badwater Basin area of Death Valley at -282 feet / -86 meters) in the Contiguous United States are both in California, both in the same county in California, and only 88 miles apart. howderfamily.com/blog/dea…
The Los Angeles area basin is classified as a Mediterranean climate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
Today I learned about Donald Rusk Currey who studied the trees in Great Basin Bristlecone Pine Forest in 1964. He got permission to cut down a specific tree, named Prometheus, for study. After being felled, he discovered that the tree was over 4,844 years old and is still the oldest tree ever discovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
There is a legendary creature said to live in the Congo River Basin called the Mokele-mbembe. It is believed by cryptozoologists to be a species of dinosaur that survived the K/T extinction and lived into modern times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mok…
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have β€œPittsburgh Potty’s”. They exist because of Steelworkers coming home covered in soot from the mills. The men were to wash off in the laundry basin, and use the restroom without tracking dirt through the house. youtu.be/c0v6X-V3BfY
The huntsman spider is not only found in Australia, but in most warm temperate to tropical regions of the world, including much of Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean Basin, South America, North America, and the southern half of England en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
Nigeria's Chad Basin National Park only attract a few hundred visitors each year due to the lack of spectacular wildlife. Even staff at the park office know little about the park but it is reported it has about 100 elephants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Human error caused the Vajont Dam disaster in Italy when about 2,000 people died and villages were wiped off the face of the earth after a massive landslide collapsed into the basin and a 250 meters high wave overtopped the dam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaj…
In 1912, as a symbol of friendship, Japan sent 3,000 cherry trees to beautify the Potomac tidal basin. The United States has commemorated the gift with a cherry blossom festival every year since 1935, with the exception of the six years following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. laphamsquarterly.org/trad…
Australia's infamous huntsman spider actually occurs in most warm temperate to tropical regions of the world, including much of Australasia, Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean Basin, and the Americas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
The oldest living non-clonal organism known at the time, Prometheus, was a Great Basin bristlecone pine tree. It was 4,847 years old when it was cut down to retrieve a tool used to take core samples that was stuck in the tree before its age was determined. nps.gov/grba/learn/histor…
On May 27,1942,the British rushed a destroyer packed with explosives against the Joubert form,a basin of the port of Saint-Nazaire.The basin was then the only one on the Atlantic coast capable of hosting the Tirpitz,the largest battleship ever launched in Europe.The operation was a success en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
If the Strait of Gibraltar close, most water in the Mediterranean basin would evaporate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
A huge mystery blob was found under the Moon's far side. The blob sits at least 180 miles beneath the south pole-Aitken basin. A colossal creater punched into the lunar landscape billions of years ago. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The Amazon River once flowed into the Pacific Ocean, but was dammed up by the newly formed Andes Mountains. The Amazon's basin then became a giant lake until it eroded away sandstone to the west, letting the lake drain into the Atlantic and forming the modern river. news.softpedia.com/news/A…
Today I learned of the first known naumachia, where Julius Caesar had a basin flooded to hold a mock naval battle for entertainment to celebrate his quadruple triumph. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nau…
That, in 1964, the oldest known tree in the world was a Great Basin bristlecone pine known as Prometheus. Its age was determined by cutting it down. Had it not been cut down, it would still be the second-oldest tree in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Alabama has the most aquatic biodiversity of any place in North America and the Mobile Basin, the most diverse river system in the United States, is known as "the Amazon of America" al.com/news/index.ssf/201…
The highest mountain in Brasil wasn't discovered until the 1950's, is in a vast lowland basin, and is usually completely covered by clouds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean basin on Earth covering more than 60 million square miles. It holds the deepest part on Earth extending 36,000 ft in the Challenger Deep. The Pacific holds almost more than twice the water as the Atlantic and is bigger than all of the continents combined. oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/fa…
Badwater Basin (lowest point in North America) and Mount Whitney (highest point in the lower 48) are only about 85 miles apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad…
There is an accurate 200 acre scale model of the entire Mississippi River Basin (over 800k acres) that was completed in 1966, and subsequently abandoned in 1993. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
In 2014, Archaeologists from the Great Basin National Park discovered a 132-year-old Winchester Model 1873 Rifle leaning against a Juniper tree. The discovery of the forgotten Winchester was fortunate because less than two years later, a wildfire swept through the area the rifle was discovered. latimes.com/nation/la-na-…
The Mississippi Basin Model - a physical model twice the size of Disneyland built by WWII POWs - was able to predict flooding of the Mississippi River within a foot of accuracy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
In the south of Mexico City, a network of canals weaves through a series of man-made islands in Xochimilco, the so-called β€œVenice of the New World.” A UNESCO World Heritage site, it's the only remaining example of traditional pre-Hispanic land use of the lagoons in the Mexico City basin nationalgeographic.com/tr…
There's a state park in Utah named after the type of film used by National Geographic in 1948 to photograph it: "Kodachrome Basin State Park" stateparks.utah.gov/parks…
T. Rex and other big dinosaurs could swim, according to marks found in Cretaceous-era rock in northern Spain's Cameros Basin. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Today I learned of Mokele-mbembe, a legendary water-dwelling creature of Congo River basin folklore, loosely analogous to the Loch Ness Monster in Western culture. It is claimed to be a sauropod by some cryptozoologists. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1…
In 1975, Typhoon Nina stalled out and dumped prodigious rains for two days in the Ru River drainage basin upstream of the Banqiao Dam, China, leading to its collapse and the loss of 171,000 lives, with an area 34 miles long and 8 miles wide wiped out. wunderground.com/cat6/Cat…
In some places, the entire bathroom functions as a shower basin to save space. How common is this where you are?
In 1970 meteorologist Bennie Lightsy was shot to death on an ice island known as T-3, a research station that floated in the Arctic Basin. Because the ice floe didn't belong to any nation, it took many months to determine where and under what law his shooter was to be tried. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned of the Bristol Basin in Manhattan, an area built from the rubble of Bristol during the Blitz of WWII. American support ships bringing aid to the UK carried the rubble back across the Atlantic to New York, where it was integrated into its development. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
A man once punched a hole into a 170 year old impressionist oil painting called "Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat" worth €10 million in The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 2014 independent.ie/irish-news…

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