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Hummingbird Battleground in the Talamanca Mountains

The presence of a backyard hummingbird feeder can reveal the competitive nature of hummingbirds. Notorious for chasing each other away from nectar sources, hummingbirds are territorial because they need to stay fueled...

Voyage To the Core, a 4K Milky Way time lapse

There’s something fascinating about our own home galaxy... To me the central part of the milky way is the most spectacular sight of the night sky. It’s something you can clearly see with the naked eye when you are awa...

Aerial stocking: Utah wildlife departments drop fish into lakes from airplanes

This low-flying plane isn't just taking a scenic ride. It's about to stock the lake it's flying over with up to 1,000 native fish... by dropping them from the sky. The 2013 GoPro video by Ted Hallows, Supervisor at Ka...

The spectacular stone monuments of Petra, Jordan

"This is Petra, where the sheer improbability of its location is the secret of its spectacular flourishing. The reason why this tomb endured and survived armies and earthquakes is that the Nabataeans who built it cut ...

Why Earth Has Two Levels

Earth’s outer shell is made of two materials whose different densities and thicknesses give rise to two distinct “levels” on the planet’s surface. And evidently these two materials—continental crust and more dense ...

How Dangerous Are The Northwest’s Volcanoes?

In Oregon, Washington and Idaho, magma has erupted out of the ground in at least 25 places in the last 10,000 years, a mere instant in the lifetime of volcanoes that can be hundreds of thousands of years old... But wh...

Speed up geologic time with a DIY squeeze box

Build. Observe. Play in the sand and dirt. Making your own easy-to-build squeeze box is fun for lots of different reasons, including educational ones. This Science Snacks video with Eric Muller from The Exploratorium ...

The rise and fall of the Inca empire

It was the western hemisphere's largest empire ever, with a population of nearly 10 million subjects. Yet within 100 years of its rise in the fifteenth century, the Inca Empire would be no more. What happened? With...

What Are Tundras?

Derived from the Finnish word tunturia, meaning treeless or barren land, tundra is the coldest and driest of all biomes. Despite these extreme conditions, the tundra is home to several unique species of plant and anim...

Pow Surf 101: Powder surfing to Debussy’s Clair de Lune

Glide peacefully down a mountain full of fresh powder as a powder surfing snowboarder carves his pathway through the trees. The piano piece Clair de Lune, by French composer Claude Debussy, accompanies the smooth unin...

Life With Snow: Clearing a rooftop full of snow in the Japanese Alps

Heavy snowfall (yuki oroshi or 雪下ろし) is common in Japan's snow country, a section of Honshū along the Sea of Japan and into the Japanese Alps. In snowy Nagano Prefecture, circa March of 2013, Seiji Yamada and Taku...

Can this super long logging truck turn and cross this tiny bridge?

How can a really long truck carrying more than two dozen really long logs turn right from a small road to cross a really tiny bridge in the mountains of France? Watch as this truck driver demonstrates how it's done.

What counts as a mountain?

Mountains: super tall, rocky landforms that rise high above the surrounding environment, much higher than hills. We might draw one as a single peak like Mount Fuji, or as a zig zag line of peaks representing a mountai...

A 19 year old freerunner takes on the ‘World’s Largest Parkour Course’

My name is Calen Chan, and this is a FULL POV RUN of the Skyladder Parkour course at Tianman Mountain in China! I had the wonderful opportunity to come and play here at this beautiful location called Heaven's Gate. It...

Premières Plumes

High in the mountains, two young bird creatures play on a cliff before one discovers their first feathers. Premières Plumes (2010), a beautiful watercolor-like animation about growing up, a collaboration by LISAA (Par...

Yukino-otani, the huge snow walls of the Tateyama Snow Corridor

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, a 90 km snow corridor route that crosses Tateyama in the Japanese Alps, has become famous for Yukino-ōtani, a valley of snow with canyon-like walls that can reach 20 meters (66 feet) ...

Here’s Where the Juice That Powers Batteries Comes From

Atomic number 3 on the periodic table, lithium is the 'li' in the li-ion batteries that are inside of our smartphones, laptops, digital cameras, and electric vehicles. Above, Alejandro Bucher gives Bloomberg's Ashlee ...

A pygmy three-toed sloth swims & snow leopards send messages

From the BBC's new Planet Earth II series with Sir David Attenborough, two unique clips of solitary animals: On Panama's Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a pygmy three-toed sloth swims to find a mate in the mangrove trees. ...

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