A recent discussion ensued on Google+ recently with a photograph of a dive guide interacting with marine life. He was kissing a Scorpion Fish. It was interesting in so much as it made me reflect on how I've developed since my first tentative steps into diving 15 odd years ago. Shortly after training I dived…
Long regarded as the most beautiful island amongst the Cyclades, it used to be that Sifnos was a hidden retreat reserved only for native Greeks. Now, the rest of the world has caught on and while the island is still gorgeous, it can be rather frustrating to travel there in the height of summer, particularly in August, unless you book your trip well in advance. For those who are able to find a place to stay and also a car to rent, Sifnos makes for a worthwhile and relaxing escape – you just need to know where to go to avoid the bustle.
Like most Greek islands, traditional life on Sifnos seems to move at a much slower pace than what we’re used to. This is the main thing that draws people to the island. There’s a balance here between gorgeous scenery, relaxing beaches, traditional village life, and enviable nightlife that’s on par with some of the larger cities in Greece. Simply being on the island forces you to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life. In the case of Sifnos, this means basking in the hot sun, enjoying crystal-blue waters, and enjoying the tastiest parts of the Greek culture – its food and drink.
If you love to walk or hike, you’ll find good company here. Barren mountains hug some of the coastline, while marble paths wind their way around the villages and landscape throughout the island. All you need to do is pick a path and start your journey – just to see where it will end up. Some of these paths are still used by the locals on the island, and may have even been there for centuries. If you want to take a more organized approach, you could always hire a guide to lead you through some of the best trails, or ask at your hotel for advice.
Don’t let these traditions fool you, though. The people of Sifnos enjoy all the modern conveniences that we do. It’s just that they understand the value in living life at a slower pace. It’s surely much better for your health, and you’ll find that while you’re here, the combination of walking through the ancient terrain, relaxing whenever you can, and eating delicious Greek meals made with only the freshest ingredients, to be an elixir that will lift your spirits long after your trip is finished.
One thing that truly stands out about Sifnos is its historic landscape. Be sure to visit the historic Seven Settlements because each one has its own character. Kastro, for example, is a fortified village that was founded in the Middle Ages. Much of the original wall is still intact. However, it’s actually been inhabited for the past 3000 years, and remnants of this ancient history are constantly being discovered. Don’t forget to stop in on the archaeological museum once you’re finished exploring. It gives a nice history of the island!
Sifnos is more than just another Greek island. It’s extremely unique and once you spend time here, you’ll understand why it’s regarded as the most beautiful island in the Cyclades.
As global warming continues to rapidly heat up the Eath, the mighty glaciers are rapidly melting, disrupting the natural movement of the water on earth. Researchers say that in 2100, the sea level will rise up to more than six feet, a phenomenon which could flood and submerge major cities in the world.
Deep within the Earth's rocky mantle lies oceans' worth of water locked up in a type of mineral called ringwoodite, new research shows.The results of the study will help scientists understand Earth's water cycle, and how plate tectonics moves water between the surface of the planet and interior reservoirs, researchers say.The Earth's mantle is the hot, rocky layer between the planet's core and crust. Scientists have long suspected that the mantle's so-called transition zone, which sits between the upper and lower mantle layers 255 to 410 miles (410 to 660 kilometers) below Earth's surface, could contain water trapped in rare minerals. However, direct evidence for this water has been lacking, until now. To see if the transition zone really is a deep reservoir for water, researchers conducted experiments on water-rich ringwoodite, analyzed seismic waves traveling through the mantle beneath the United States, and studied numerical models. They discovered that downward-flowing mantle material is melting as it crosses the boundary between the transition zone and the lower mantle layer."If we are seeing this melting, then there has to be this water in the transition zone," said Brandon Schmandt, a seismologist at the University of New Mexico and co-author of the new study published today (June 12) in the journal Science. "The transition zone can hold a lot of water, and could potentially have the same amount of H2O [water] as all the world's oceans." (Melting is a way of getting rid of water, which is unstable under conditions in Earth's lower mantle, the researchers said.)Read more: http://www.livescience.com/46292-hidden-ocean-locked-in-earth-mantle.html#ixzz3UIqObCMT
Cartoonist John Atkinson (of Wrong Hands) took some of the world's most beloved literary classics and offers us all humorous spoilers. For his Abridged Classics and (More) Abridged Classics series, the artist selected a total of 12 books, which includes War and Peace, Moby Dick, Wuthering Heights, and Beowulf. Creating a simple drawing of the books, Atkinson includes a brief, comical caption describing the various plots in the simplest way possible.
Atkinson combines literature, art, and comedy in these funny illustrations and, luckily, it seems like we can look forward to seeing more of these works, as the artist revealed on Facebook that there will be another installment. We cannot wait to see what books he tackles next!
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