From the Marin County Free Library, cars, boats, trains and a motorless gravity car in 1920s California.
The Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad ran from 1896 until 1929 between downtown Mill Valley to near the summit of Mt. Tamalpais, with a second line descending the West side of Mt. Tamalpais to Muir Woods beginning in 1907.
The first part of this film from 1926 depicts the journey taken from the San Francisco Ferry Building (notice the cars boarding the ferry), across the bay, to Sausalito. From there, passengers would board a passenger train to Mill Valley. At the Mill Valley depot, an open-aired train traveled up the mountain, on the “Crookedest Railroad in the World.” At the terminus was a tavern; the one pictured here was the third incarnation, rebuilt after a fire in 1913.
The second part of this film begins at the Tavern of Tamalpais where, travelers depart on a motorless gravity car, which traveled down to Muir Woods.
If you happen to find yourself driving in Norway, be sure to drive along the Atlanterhavsveien or The Atlantic Ocean Road, located here. This 5.2 mile road was built in the 1980s to connect a series of islands and skerries (small rocky islands too small for anyone to live on). It has eight bridges, four resting places, and views that enjoy all kinds of weather conditions and (from the look of this viral video) lots of interaction with the ocean!
Penguins can’t fly, but they can jump! Seriously. They can jump over 9 feet (or up to 3 meters), depending on their species. How? They wrap their bodies in a cloak of air bubbles that come from their feathers — swimming quickly to the surface, they burst out of the water and leap to their destination.
These are Gentoo Penguins and they’re demonstrating both the ease and difficulty of their jumping skills. Pretty phenomenal. (And it sounds like the tourists filming this video think so, too.)
Be sure to check out the BBC video in this post that shows the “coat of air bubbles” underwater.
via Science Dump.
This is a huge mass of ice ”calving” or breaking away from Holgate Glacier at Kenai Fjords in Alaska. We found this video after watching this ice “explosion” that was shot in Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica. Both are pretty stunning to watch on video, so I can only imagine what it was like to watch in person… as it turns out, watching ice melt can be pretty riveting.