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La Death Valley, survivante et irréelle

La Death Valley, survivante et irréelle | AmeriKat | Scoop.it
« Bienvenue dans la vallée de la Mort ». C'est la première chose qu'on lit - en anglais -, à l'entrée de ce parc national américain célèbre. Pas très rassurant. Et pourtant, c'est une excursion sans commune mesure qui attend les visiteurs les plus intrépides. Non qu'il soit question de pratiquer des sports dits extrêmes en ce site californien, mais entre le cratère Ubehebe, la Racetrack Playa, la ville fantôme de Rhyolite, le Badwater Basin, l'Artists Palette, le Zabriskie Point, et la Dantes View, on sait, de source sûre, que l’ambiance ne sera pas si mortelle que cela.
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Petroglyphs in Northeast Utah

Petroglyphs in Northeast Utah | AmeriKat | Scoop.it
Petroglyph of a flute player, identified with the mystical figure “Kokopelli”, Dinosaur National Monument, Utah, USA. The petroglyph is carved into “desert varnish” a patina on sandstone rocks.
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Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

Dinosaur National Monument is located on the southeast flank of the Uintah Mountains on the border between Colorado and Utah. Although most of the monument area is in Moffat County, Colorado, the Dinosaur Quarry is located in Utah just to the north of the town of Jensen, Utah.
The nearest communities are Vernal, Utah and Dinosaur, Colorado. This park has fossils of dinosaurs including Allosaurus, Abydosaurus and various long-neck, long-tail sauropods.
The “Dinosaur Wall” located within the Dinosaur Quarry building in the park consists of a steeply tilted rock layer which contains hundreds of dinosaur fossils. The enclosing rock has been chipped away to reveal the fossil bones intact for public viewing.

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Las Vegas et sa face cachée : Des centaines de personnes vivent sous la ville

Las Vegas et sa face cachée : Des centaines de personnes vivent sous la ville | AmeriKat | Scoop.it
Quelques centaines de personnes vivent dans les égouts de Las Vegas. L’envers du décor de la « ville du péché » renferme une population de laissés pour compte vivant dans les égouts de la ville, dans l’ignorance la plus totale.
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Natural Rock Arches in Bryce Canyon

Natural Rock Arches in Bryce Canyon | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

Bryce is more known for its hoodoo rock formations than for arches. However there are a dozen arches here, mostly unnamed. Most notable is the Bryce Natural Bridge.

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Scenic Utah Byway 12 from Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef

Scenic Utah Byway 12 from Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

Rated one of the ten most scenic highways in the nation by Car and Driver Magazine, named by Forbes as one of America’s best snowy drives and Backpacker magazine as a favorite Wild Roads, Scenic Byway 12 has it all: isolated canyons, grand plateaus that rise 9,000-feet above sea level, deep valleys that plunge to 4,000-feet and the natural and manmade history to prove it. This 124-mile byway is one of the most scenic in the nation and Utah’s first All American Road takes you from Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef.
Locals say you can do it in three hours or three days. Others say it will take three years to fully take advantage of all it has to offer. The Henry Mountains are to the south and home to the country’s only free roaming bison. On the way out, take a break at Head of the Rocks Overlook to catch the pastel hills and dales.

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Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City

Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

 

Located at the University of Utah’s Rio Tinto Center, the Natural History Museum of Utah features exhibits and interactive displays about Utah’s geology, ecology, and paleontology. The site of the museum in the Wasatch foothills adjoins several trailheads, and displays invite visitors to step outside as part of their tour..

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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

Look down into a half-mile deep geologic amphitheater; wander among timeless bristlecone pines; stand in lush meadows of wildflowers; ponder crystal-clear night skies; and experience the richness of the subalpine forest..

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▶ Grizzly bears fighting wolves for territory - Full HD Nature Wildlife Documentary - YouTube

▶ Grizzly bears fighting wolves for territory - Full HD Nature Wildlife Documentary - YouTube | AmeriKat | Scoop.it
Once the sole rulers of this vast kingdom, grizzly bears are now re-learning how to cope with the rise of an equal competitor -- wolves. We document the two ...
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VIDEO. Il capture les étoiles dans l'Ouest américain et il n'y a pas de ... - Le Huffington Post

VIDEO. Il capture les étoiles dans l'Ouest américain et il n'y a pas de ... - Le Huffington Post | AmeriKat | Scoop.it
Le vidéaste Randy Halverson a publié le 6 avril dernier sa nouvelle vidéo, “Trails Ends”, un condensé de cinq minutes de bonheur pour les amoureux de paysages et de ciels étoilés (voic ci-dessus).

Ce clip reprend plusieurs time-lapse (vidéos accélérées) filmés dans le Wyoming, l’Utah et le Dakota du Sud entre 2014 et début 2015. Et les images sont suffisamment exceptionnelles pour faire dire à nos confrères du Huffington Post américain “qu’il n’y a pas de meilleur endroit pour voir les étoiles" que l’Ouest des Etats-unis.

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L'envie de voyager, c'est génétique - Société - MYTF1News

L'envie de voyager, c'est génétique - Société - MYTF1News | AmeriKat | Scoop.it
Pourquoi certaines personnes ont plus envie de voyager que d'autres ? Parce qu'elles seraient porteuses du "gène de la bougeotte", comme environ 20% de la population.
Il y a ceux qui chérissent leur canapé, leur série et leur paquet de chips. Ce sont aussi ceux qui connaissent la fin de la troisième saison de House of Cards dans les 24 heures qui suivent sa sortie. Et il y a ceux qui aiment vadrouiller, qui ne tiennent pas en place, et qui partent en voyage aussi souvent que possible. Ce sont aussi ceux qui gardent leurs passeports sur eux - juste au cas où.

Que l'on appelle cela la bougeotte, l'amour du voyage ou qu'il s'agisse d'une bonne vieille curiosité, les faits sont là : leur désir d'exploration n'est jamais satisfait, peu importe combien de vacances ces vadrouilleurs invétérés s'octroient. Mais il y aurait une explication génétique à tout cela : une étude avance que cette appétence pour le voyage est inscrite dans l'ADN de certains individus, à savoir ceux qui portent le gène DRD4-7R. Il est directement dérivé d'un gène parent - le gène DRD4 - qui est associé au niveau de dopamine dans le cerveau. Les chercheurs l'ont surnommé "gène de la bougeotte" ; ils mettent en avant sa corrélation avec des niveaux élevés de curiosité et d'agitation.

Besoin de mouvement, de changement et d'aventure

Ce gène n'est pas extrêmement commun ; il ne serait possédé que par 20% de la population. Qui plus est, il est plus souvent détecté dans les régions du monde où le voyage a été encouragé dans l'Histoire.

Le chercheur Chaunsheng Chen, qui avance que toutes les formes de civilisation trouvent leur origine en Afrique, explique : "Le gène DRD4-7R a plus de chances d'apparaître dans des sociétés modernes où les peuples qui venaient de vraiment très loin ont migré." Ainsi, Chen pense que les civilisations qui sont parties très loin d'Afrique, berceau supposé de l'humanité, sont plus susceptibles de porter cette mutation du gène DRD4.

Une étude séparée menée par David Dobbs du National Geographicrenforce cette théorie. David Dobbs va jusqu'à avancer que ce gène, s'il est responsable d'une curiosité et d'une agitation forte, il est plus précisément la source d'une passion très développée pour le voyage. Pour lui, les individus qui le portent sont "plus enclins à prendre des risques, à explorer de nouveaux endroits, idées, plats, relations, drogues ou opportunités sexuelles." Il résume : "Ces personnes ont besoin de mouvement, de changement et d'aventure." Et le chemin entre le canapé et le frigo ne compte pas.
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Yellowstone’s Boiling River Heating Up

Yellowstone’s Boiling River Heating Up | AmeriKat | Scoop.it
The Boiling River Hot Spring near the Gardner River in Yellowstone’s Mammoth Area.
The Boiling River, a section of the Gardner River in Yellowstone’s Mammoth area, is gradually getting hotter.
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Découvrez Earthship ou le design logique et innovant

Découvrez Earthship ou le design logique et innovant | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

Dans la toundra de l’Ouest américain, au Nouveau-Mexique, EarthShip incarne le design logique, rationnel et écologique du logement du futur. INfluencia a rencontré les pionniers d’une cause finalement très évidente.


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La Nouvelle-Orléans, la ville la moins américaine ?

La Nouvelle-Orléans, la ville la moins américaine ? | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

J’ai trouvé la Nouvelle-Orléans tellement latine, tout d’abord dans son architecture. La France est de partout (des volets, enfin !!!), l’Espagne aussi. En témoigne la terrasse du somptueux Café du Monde qui m’a fait penser aux nuits chaudes de mon enfance dans le sud de l’Espagne. La terrasse ne désemplit pas jusqu’à tard dans la nuit, le sucre glace couvre le sol (en Espagne, ce sont les résidus de pipas !), on y parle fort, on traîne, on déguste. On profite réellement de l’instant. Il n’y a pas cette pancarte « No Loitering » (interdiction de traîner, de flâner) que l’on voit si souvent aux Etats-Unis. Au contraire, on est pas là que pour consommer, on est là pour prendre son temps. Bien-sûr, le Café du Monde est rempli par une grande majorité de touristes, comme tout le Vieux Carré de la Nouvelle-Orléans ! Pour autant, l’authenticité est là

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Petroglyphs near Moab Utah

Petroglyphs near Moab Utah | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

 

Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument features a rock panel carved with one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs. It is located 53 miles south of Moab in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. The rock is a part of the Wingate sandstone cliffs that enclose the upper end of Indian Creek Canyon, and is covered by hundreds of petroglyph—one of the largest, best preserved and easily accessed groups in the Southwest.

The carvings on the rock include pictures of deer, buffalo, and pronghorn antelope. Some glyphs depict riders on horses, while other images depict past events like in a “newspaper.”

The pictures at Newspaper Rock were inscribed into the dark coating on the rock, called desert varnish. Desert varnish is a blackish manganese-iron deposit that gradually forms on exposed sandstone cliff faces owing to the action of rainfall and bacteria. The ancient artists produced the many types of figures and patterns by carefully pecking the coated rock surfaces with sharpened tools to remove the desert varnish and expose the lighter rock beneath. The older figures are themselves becoming darker in color as new varnish slowly develops.

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On sait (enfin) pourquoi Coyote n'a jamais attrapé Bip Bip - Le Figaro

On sait (enfin) pourquoi Coyote n'a jamais attrapé Bip Bip - Le Figaro | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

Non, ne rêvez plus: il n'a jamais été prévu que Vil Coyote dévore Bip Bip. Si le comportement des deux personnages semblait spontané et stupide, leur timing était en réalité soigneusement construit par Chuck Jones ,le célèbre directeur du département d'animation de la Warner.

 Une liste rédigée par le créateur de la série indique très précisement toutes les «règles» à respecter pour chaque épisode du dessin animé.
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Natural Rock Arches in Canyonlands National Park

Natural Rock Arches in Canyonlands National Park | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

Canyonlands has more than 80 natural arches but arch hunters often bypass this park in favor of its neighbor, Arches National Park. Canyonlands’ most famous arch is Mesa Arch (pictured) in Willow Flat in the Island in the Sky District.

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Bat Cave Mine at the Grand Canyon

Bat Cave Mine at the Grand Canyon | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

Guano Point features panoramic views of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. It is named after the Bat Cave Mine 2,500 feet below, across the canyon.
The cave was discovered in the 1930’s by a young man on a river trip. Harold Carpenter was sailing in Granite Gorge and noticed a hole in the north wall of the canyon about 600 feet above the water. He climbed the cliff and reached the cave after three days. Harold explored the cave finding a large chamber rich in guano (bat droppings).
Bat droppings are rich in phosphates and nitrates which are used in fertilizer. In 1957, the U.S. Guano Corporation estimated that the cave held 100,000 tons of guano with a net worth of $12 to $15 million. They saw dollar signs but the hard-to-reach cave held challenges for recovering the black gold.
The first attempt at mining the guano involved building a tramway to connect the cave with the barge dock below. The company went bankrupt because of expenses due to motor repairs and sunken barges.
The second endeavor was to fly the guano out of the canyon. The King-Finn Fertilizer Company built a landing strip on a sandbar upstream from the cave. They used the existing tram to lower the guano to boats that floated it to the landing strip where helicopters brought it up to the rim. Finally trucks would drive the product to the west coast. This turned out to be too expensive and the effort was abandoned.
The next project was to build a tram across the canyon. Cables stretched from Guano Point at the south rim to an intermediate tower 850, feet below” then 7,500 feet across the canyon to the cave at the north rim. It was an engineering marvel. The guano was vacuumed out of the cave, transported to the south rim where it was trucked to the Kingman Arizona airport.
In 1959, the cable cars were used in the film Edge of Eternity, The film, which also was shot in Kingman, involved a mystery of three brutal murders in and around the Grand Canyon. The sheriff’s efforts lead to the killer fleeing with a socialite as a hostage, and after a chase by car and helicopter, the movie climaxes with a fight in the cable car a mile above the canyon floor.
In the end, the amount of guano had been overestimated. It contained a mear 1,000 tons, not 100,000 tons as estimated. The unprofitable mine closed in 1960. The nail in the coffin for the tramway came when a U.S. Air Force jet clipped its wing on one of the cables. The pilot survived, but the tram did not.
In 1975 the mine site became part of Grand Canyon National Park. The National Park Service later proposed removing the tramway remnants within the park, but there was public protest against demolition of these interesting historic relics. As of 2007, some remnants of the old operation remain at Bat Cave, and on the South Rim in the Hualapai Indian Reservation.
Guano Point is still a popular stop for Grand Canyon visitors. Tourists can inspect the remnants of the old mining operation. Tour operators pay use fees to the Hualapai tribe, and the tribe offers a barbecue lunch near the old tramway head house, as part of their Grand Canyon West business venture..

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Antelope Island on Great Salt Lake

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When traveling through Utah on your way to Yellowstone, you may be surprised to come across a small ocean in the middle of the desert. You may be just as astonished to find a causeway leading to Antelope Island—the largest of the Great Salt Lake’s nine islands. This is just the start of amazing facts about Antelope Island State Park and the Great Salt Lake, America’s Dead Sea.
Antelope Island offers many activities year-round, including sea kayaking, wildlife viewing, lunch and dinner cruises, horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, camping, beaches and so much more. Take the time to view herds of mule deer, big horn sheep, pronghorn antelope and more than 600 bison that call the island home.
The island is the best place to experience the Great Salt Lake, where white oolitic sand makes great beaches. Those who swim here find that they bob like a cork due to the high level of salinity.
The Great Salt Lake is habitat for more than 250 species of birds and a critical link in the Pacific Flyway between North and South America. Four to six million birds feed and nest on the Great Salt Lake each year.
Fielding Garr Ranch, built in 1848, represents 135 years of Western ranching history. The original ranch has been restored and is open to the public, providing a great opportunity to learn about life in the mid-19th century. While visiting the ranch, be sure to take the self-guided tour of the museum.
The island outfitter R&G Wagon provides guided horseback rides for individuals as well as groups, or bring your own horse and discover more than 36 miles of breathtaking trails and sunsets..

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En Californie, le changement climatique «n'est pas un canular» | Changements climatiques

En Californie, le changement climatique «n'est pas un canular» | Changements climatiques | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

 

Le gouverneur de Californie, qui a annoncé mercredi des mesures d'urgence d'économies d'eau en raison d'une sécheresse historique, a défendu dimanche sa décision, soulignant que le changement climatique «n'est pas un canular» pour son État...


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10 000 km en train

10 000 km en train | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

 

10 000 km en train avec Amtrak (et un peu ViaRail). Ca donne quoi ?

Cela me fait bizarre de mettre un nombre sur l’inquantifiable, c’est à dire des dizaines et des dizaines d’heures passées dans les Superliner d’Amtrak, et autant de dizaines de souvenirs impérissables.

Voyager en train, c’est différent. On ne se rend pas d’un point A à un point B, le trajet lui-même est un voyage.

A l’extérieur

On a les yeux rivés à la fenêtre. La transition est lente. On passe des plaines de champs de blé aux prairies désertes. Puis arrivent les roches rouges et la sécheresse. Les genévriers remplacent les sapins des Rocheuses. En seulement quelques dizaines d’heures, j’ai l’impression d’avoir vu le monde. Les paysages s’enchaînent et aucun ne se ressemblent. Les petites villes en bord de voie peuvent s’estimer heureuses que le train s’arrête, car il n’y pas grand chose ni personne d’autre qui le fait.

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bears vs. Wolves

Yellowstone Grizzly Bears vs. Wolves | AmeriKat | Scoop.it
Some of the most fascinating things observed during the Yellowstone wolf reintroduction program involve the interaction between wolves and grizzly bears, said Doug Smith, the Yellowstone Wolf Project’s leader.
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Plaque d’immatriculation et liberté d’expression : controverse aux Etats-Unis - Rue89

Plaque d’immatriculation et liberté d’expression : controverse aux Etats-Unis - Rue89 | AmeriKat | Scoop.it
Arborer le drapeau confédéré – celui du Sud pendant la guerre de Sécession – sur sa plaque d’immatriculation, c’est raciste et offensant ? L’Etat du Texas le pense, et des automobilistes outrés s’estiment privés de leur droit d’expression garanti par la Constitution.
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San Francisco a-t-elle perdu son âme ?

San Francisco a-t-elle perdu son âme ? | AmeriKat | Scoop.it

À l’image de la croissance technologique de la ville, le coût de la vie explose à San Francisco, laissant derrière les idées anticapitalistes de la Beat Generation.

En descendant Colombus Avenue, dans le quartier de North Beach, impossible de manquer la libraire City Light Book ou le Vesuvio Café. Ces murs ont entendu les balbutiements de la voix contestataire de San Francisco. Aujourd’hui, ce ne sont plus les guêtres des artistes anticonformistes qui traînent dans les rues de North Beach mais les jantes de berlines dernier cri.

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Yellowstone’s Artist Point Name Was a Mistake

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Lean over the rock walls of a cliff 700 feet over the Yellowstone River and you’ll see a steamy canyon of pastel yellow, pink, and orange colors. There is a huge waterfall smack in the center of your view. I’m talking about Artist Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and its grand waterfall, Lower Falls.

Many people think that this was the spot where famous artist Thomas Moran painted to inspire Congress in 1872. Yellowstone Park photographer F. Jay Haynes thought the same thing. He mistakenly named the overlook in his 1890 guidebook and on his hand-colored postcards.

However, Moran’s paintings were actually created at the north rim overlook named Moran Point by the first Hayden Survey in the 1870s. There is more confusion here – Moran Point is also called Lookout Point, Mount Lookout, Lookout Rock, and Prospect Point. On current day official park maps, it’s called Lookout Point.

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