First noticed by westerners in 1965, when the Gemini-4 spacecraft flew over northwest Africa
(alternate source, with link to uncompressed TIF
| in Earth photographs from Gemini III, IV, and V
on Archive.org), the Richat Structure
in the Sahara desert of west–central Mauritania
resembles an impact crater or a circular target (or a possible Atlantis
, or Plato's circular city
, or maybe an open-pit mine
), but is a naturally occurring 40-50 km (25-30 mi) geologic dome that has eroded over time
. It's large enough that, when seen in person
, the scale of the geography is hard to capture
. But it is quite impressive
when seen from space
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 12, 2013 -
> examine mourning dress
A black vintage gown trimmed with much lace and dripping with jet beads.
> wave U-remover at mourning dress
There is a flash of psychedelic colors, and the mourning dress turns into a morning dress. An outfit of striped trousers and fancy coat, such as men sometimes wear to fancy weddings in the morning...
: a game of word manipulation.
posted by Iridic
on Jan 7, 2013 -
On a winter night in 373 or 372 BC
, a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami destroyed and submerged Helike
(or Helice), the principal Greek city on the southwest shore of the Gulf of Corinth
. Also destroyed was the temple of the Heliconian Poseidon
, the god of earthquakes and the sea. The destruction of city was foretold by several events, including the appearance of some "immense columns of flame
" (Google books), which have since been classified as a type of earthquake lights
. The submerged ruins of the city disappeared slowly, as centuries later tourists could still see the walls beneath the water. Silt finally covered the ruins, turning the ocean into land again. The city, once a founding member of the Achaean League
, was lost and remembered only in writings. A coin from Helike was discovered in 1861
, but it wasn't until 2001 that not one but two ancient cities were discovered
, including an entire Early Bronze Age town, dating from about 2400 BC. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 6, 2012 -
The Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-135, is scheduled to lift off this morning from Kennedy Space Center. The time was originally scheduled for 11:26 AM EDT, but that has been
pushed back, despite "no technical concerns and... weather is a 'go'."
Astronauts aboard are Commander Chris Ferguson
, Pilot Doug Hurley
, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus
and Rex Walheim
Watch live coverage, with some archival footage, on NASA's Ustream
or on NASA.gov
. NASA has provided countdown highlights of the day
to get you up to speed.
Read NASA's feed on Twitter
. At the time of this post's writing, the countdown clock is on a scheduled hold with 9 minutes to go.
Previously, STS-134, on the Blue
posted by knile
on Jul 8, 2011 -
As the shuttle program winds down, astrophotographers like Thierry Legault are taking advantage of these last opportunities to capture absolutely incredible shots like this one
, showing Atlantis' transit in front of the sun as it performs its inspection backflip before docking with the ISS. His other photography includes this magnificent series
of the launch of STS-125
. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned
on May 19, 2010 -
epic poem Idylls of the King,
Lyonesse is the place where the final, epoch-shattering battle between Mordred
and King Arthur
takes place. In the older Arthurian romances, Lyonesse
is the birthplace of Sir Tristan
, and it is supposed to have bordered Cornwall
in the southwest of England. No historical evidence of Lyonnesse has been found, and the academic consensus seems to be that the French author
of the Prose Tristan
got his British geography catastrophically wrong, and that he really meant Lothian in Scotland.
that Lyonesse was a real realm which once reached from the Scilly Islands
to Land´s End.
The people of Penzance
and southwestern Cornwall certainly seem fond of stories about sunken lands
, church bells in the deep
, and drowned forests.
According to family legend
, the ancestor of the local Trevelyan family
was a sole survivor who rode across the causeway to Cornwall as Lyonesse crumbled into the sea behind him.
posted by the_unutterable
on Sep 27, 2008 -
Did UFO's originate in Ancient India?
According to Indian legend, the kingdom of Rama existed at the same time as the lost kingdom of Atlantis
. Both kingdoms developed airships that could fly not only between countries, but also into outerspace. The Indian ships, called Vimanas
, are described in many ancient manuscripts, and perhaps most spectacularly in the Mahabarata
, in which some believe there is a description of an ancient nuclear war
. Is it possible that such technology could have been lost in antiquity
, or kept in the posession of some "secret society"? Fascinating stuff...
posted by greengrl
on Jul 3, 2003 -
It's the plot, stupid. USA Today
runs their usual insightful commentary about the upcoming release of Lilo and Stitch. It obsesses over the absence of CGI graphics pointing to Atlantis
as evidence for the failure of traditional animation to draw box office. Funny me, I thought that Atlantis
bombed because of a plot better left in 50s serial format, a cast of sterotypes rather than characters, and no sense of humor beyind dirty French jokes repeated over and over again. And is huge success of Pixar
due to their pioneering animation, or their brilliant comic talent?
What causes FX myopia anyway? Granted I can understand why fanboys obsess over the wrong things in a movie. Do the studios set it up by trying to hype each new summer release as the next big technical development (while the artistic development gets trumped by Waking Life
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Jun 18, 2002 -
Disney's Atlantis ripped from the anime movie Nadia.
Talk about role reversal (you see, a lot of anime creators style comes from trying to emulate Disney style in the early days of the genre) this site presents some interesting evidence that Disney's summer blockbuster is a complete copy of an earlier film released in 1990 in Japan.
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Jun 23, 2001 -
It's raining cats and dogs
this summer! GEEZ! Pearl Harbor
, and The Mummy Returns
are already in the theaters. This weekend we get Swordfish
, and even Atlantis: The Lost Empire
in limited release. What's next? Oh nuthin. Just stuff Angelina Jolie
's been kicking around, Eddie Murphy
's little pet project, something Jay & Silent Bob
tossed off in the shower, Stephen Spielberg
's thoughtful adult film coupled with his token bloodfest
for the kiddies... Final Fantasy
, Planet of the Apes
, Kiss of the Dragon
, a painfully predictable looking sequel to American Pie
, a predictable but funny-lookin' sequel to Rush Hour
, and a predictable sequel to Scary Movie
and the ever present SO MUCH MORE!
I skipped half the movies coming out but those are the highlights. Is this gonna be the best summer blockbuster festival ever thrust upon the world's populous, or are we true fans of cinema about to once again take it up the ass? Whatcha think?
posted by ZachsMind
on Jun 6, 2001 -
Space U-Haul Atlantis on its way.
Atlantis is climbing orbit to reach Alpha carrying with it the Destiny module for Space Station Freedom. The module only has 2 inches of clearance from the shuttle itself and will take one hell of a can opener to get it out.
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Feb 8, 2001 -