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Daily Video 11.19.13

The 4 Most Irreplaceable Places

 

 

Published on Nov 17, 2013

” What’s the awesomest place in the world? Scientists can think of at least 137, the newly released list of the most biologically important places on Earth. Hank explains how ecologists arrived at this list, and takes you on a tour of four of them, from the mountains of Tanzania to the flattened hilltops of Venezuela.
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Photographer Nick Brandt Documents The Stony Bodies Of Animals Strewn Around An African Body Of Water

 

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” In northern Tanzania lies Lake Natron, the eerily still body of water that turns submersed animals into stone-like statues — perfectly preserved.

This black magic is caused by a combination of harsh conditions. To start, the lake is fed by volcanic ash containing salt compounds from the Great Rift Valley nearby, and has a very basic alkalinity — its pH is between 9 to 10.5, similar to ammonia. “

 

 

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White House Defends High Bills For Africa Trip

 

 

 

” The White House Friday defended the first family’s upcoming weeklong trip to Africa, which could cost taxpayers up to $100 million, as “great bang for our buck.”

“There will be a great bang for our buck for being in Africa because when you travel to regions like Africa that don’t get a lot of presidential attention, you tend to have very longstanding and long-running impact from the visit,” said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to President Obama.

The excursion will involve military cargo planes airlifting 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines, and three trucks to carry bulletproof glass panels to cover the windows where the first family is set to stay. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship with a fully staffed medical trauma center will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency.

Fighter jets will fly in shifts to provide around-the-clock protection over the president’s airspace. The trip will reportedly involve hundreds of Secret Service agents.”