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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 09, 2018, 02:14:46 pm »

How Is Lebanon Different from Other Middle Eastern Countries?

Many people have the wrong idea about Lebanon. Yes, this country located along the Mediterranean Sea is part of the Middle East, but you won't find any camels or desert-dwelling nomadic tribes there. In fact, the country that 4.5 million Lebanese call home is the only Middle Eastern nation without a desert within its borders. Instead, there are mountains, fertile valleys that produce fruits and vegetables (much like California), and, when it gets cold enough, there is snow, especially at higher elevations.

A country like no other:

Summers are long, hot, and humid in Lebanon, and the winters are typically cold and wet. You could take a refreshing dip in the sea in the morning and hit the ski slopes in the afternoon.

Christians are welcome in Lebanon and amount to about 40 percent of the population.

Relics from the Roman Empire abound, including the tallest Roman columns found anywhere in the world.


Rise Above Lebanon (Full Version)

Two Wheels Across

Published on Feb 5, 2016

Commissioned by the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism, We spent 5 summer months filming Lebanon from Above, including its rural, urban, cultural touristic and historical location, as well as the amazing number of festivals.

The idea was to show Lebanon's beauty, diversity and wealth from another angle (above), in order to encourage and promote international and domestic tourism.

My main personal goal is to remind us all that Lebanon is not all about problems, political turmoil, trash...etc but is first and foremost a country that has so much to offer on such a small portion of land, and is still, in spite of everything, truly beautiful.

Maybe by seeing this video, people who lost sight of what Lebanon truly is, will have newfound optimism and strength to participate in steering the country in the right direction, to understand that it is their country to love and protect.


We filmed from mid June to early November and covered Mount Lebanon, Beirut, Southern Lebanon, the Bekaa, Baalbek and North Lebanon.

We received amazing support from the Ministry of Tourism, as well as the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Defense, the Lebanese Air Force and the Lebanese Army Intelligence.

From the beginning, a social media campaign was created on Instagram, under @riseabovelebanon, which yielded a lot of interest and followers, reaching an organic 12,000 followers so far.

The book, also titled "Rise Above Lebanon", was released on 2 December 2015. it is a hardcover photography book of the highest standard, with 200 pages of images of Lebanon from Above and is available in all major bookshops in Lebanon.

The video, of a duration of 5 minutes was released by Live Love Lebanon and the Ministry of Tourism on 4 February 2016 and immediately went viral, with over about 2 million views as well as over 40,000 shares, 12,000 likes and hundreds of comments (99% of which are positive).

The result is this video of 5 Minutes.

Producer: Two Wheels Across
Director/DOP: Christian Ghammachi
Editing: Sebastien Leclercq
Colour Grading: Belal Hibri(Rez Visual)
Music and Sound Design: Karim Khneisser

Lebanon is gorgeous, sunny, snowy, maddening, inspiring, irresistible... You have to watch this 


Saba Roumanos

Published on Aug 10, 2013

Guide To Lebanon:

Lebanon offers plenty: from ancient Roman ruins, to well preserved castles, limestone caves, historic Churches and Mosques, beautiful beaches nestled in the Mediterranean Sea, Restaurants, world renown Lebanese cuisine, nonstop nightlife and discotheques, to mountainous ski resorts.

Qadisha, one of the deepest and most beautiful valleys in Lebanon, is indeed a world a part. At the bottom of this wild steep-sided gorge runs the Qadisha River whose source is in the Qadisha Grotto at the foot of the Cedars. And above the famous Cedar grove stands Qornet el Sawda, Lebanon's highest peak. This is truly Heaven on Earth.

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_...
- http://www.safarilebanon.com/
- http://www.beirutnightlife.com/lifest...

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 05, 2018, 07:05:15 pm »


Rare Yosemite Falls Rainbow🌈

Uploaded on Apr 3, 2018

Take the first rays of morning light, mix with high wind and California’s Yosemite Falls and what do you get? Answer: cascading rainbow mist. 🌞

Footage courtesy Greg Harlow at gregharlowmedia.com and on Instagram @gregharlowmedia

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 06, 2018, 01:41:43 pm »

KAGUYA (SELENE) taking "Full Earth-rise" by HDTV on Apr. 5, 2008.

Aspect ratio 16:9 and HD quality in English narration. (C)JAXA/NHK

Great lunar surface pictures and spectacular 3D realisitc animation of the solar system can be viewed in the video below:

China Moon Landing (the full video)


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:09:19 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Enjoy this documentary. Toward the end, the beauty of the multi-colored shades of blue, naturally sculpted ice in ice caves is shown, plus a drone is used to film the inside of ice caves never before seen by human eyes.

Hidden In America | Alaska Disaster | Documentary

Hidden in America

Published on Apr 4, 2016

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 17, 2017, 07:52:46 pm »

EARTH FROM SPACE: Like You've Never Seen Before (2160p 4K 60fps)



Published on Jun 27, 2015

This HD video shows the planet Earth from space in various time lapse orbital paths with the relaxing classical music of Beethoven. Travel around the Earth across the skies, viewing cites and countries all over the world by day and night from the USA to Australia.

Category Education
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 17, 2017, 07:37:37 pm »

Green: Vegetation on Our Planet

Jun 19, 2013

Although 75% of the planet is a relatively unchanging ocean of blue, the remaining 25% of Earth's surface is a dynamic green. Data from the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite is able to detect these subtle differences in greenness. The resources on this page highlight our ever-changing planet, using highly detailed vegetation index data from the satellite, developed by scientists at NOAA. The darkest green areas are the lushest in vegetation, while the pale colors are sparse in vegetation cover either due to snow, drought, rock, or urban areas. Satellite data from April 2012 to April 2013 was used to generate these animations and images.
Terms of Use:   Please credit NASA/NOAA

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 08, 2017, 08:25:06 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 28, 2016, 03:20:35 pm »

AG put up the trailer to this film on his newz channel, and it turns out the full movie is available on YouTube.  Beautiful visuals from what I have watched so far.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 22, 2016, 06:31:59 pm »

Stunning time-lapse will make you see the heavens in a whole new light (video)

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 16, 2016, 08:12:50 pm »

Planetarium. Explore The Sky From Your Desk.

Submitted by rob.schifreen | Last update on 14th January, 2016 - 5:49am

If you'd like to explore the sky but you don't have access to a powerful telescope, then this free online planetarium is arguably the next best thing.  It's all web-based so there's nothing to download or install.  Just head to http://neave.com/planetarium/ and enter your location, to start exploring the constellations and planets.

And unlike a conventional telescope, this web-based one can transport you to anywhere in the world.  There's no need to start from the viewpoint of your actual current location if you don't want to. 

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 11, 2015, 01:20:21 am »


Great Beluga whale underwater scenes! Watch two polar bears discuss Nietzsche's territorial imperative   ;D. Enjoy the Northern Lights. 

I liked this video because there is ZERO narration . All you hear are the sounds of the wind, waves, ice and the animals in the film. Enjoy! 

If you want to watch Polar Bears or a host of other animals live in different parts of the world, go to the link below:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 04, 2015, 12:41:36 am »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 10, 2015, 02:58:41 pm »

The View From Space: Dynamic Spring Weather in North Atlantic Waters
Press Release - Posted by Keith Cowing Source: NASA
Posted May 28, 2015 10:06 AM

Physical oceanographers will sometimes point out that the ocean has weather and seasons, much like the atmosphere.

Masses of water with different temperatures, salinities, and nutrient levels clash and mix like warm and cold fronts in the air. Different plant-like species"phytoplankton"bloom, spread, and die back with the different conditions. Ocean currents swirl in turbulent fronts and eddies"much like tornadoes and hurricanes, though far more productive than destructive.

Springtime in the North Atlantic Ocean is a time of great change, turbulence, and productivity. Increasing sunlight, nutrient runoff from land and upwelling from the deep, and changeable atmospheric weather all conspire to color the ocean surface with interesting patterns.

©NASA North America download large image (4 MB, JPEG, 3994x3395) (at link)

The composite image above shows the northwest Atlantic Ocean on May 14, 2015, with the New England and Canadian Maritimes in the background. The image was constructed from data acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensor on the Suomi NPP satellite.

On the left side of the image, several circular patterns are traced out by the light green phytoplankton near the surface. These rings are likely eddies that have spun off of the Gulf Stream, which turns east toward Europe in this region.

The underwater plateau known as Georges Bank is also made visible (indirectly) by the plankton. The Labrador Current and the Gulf Stream meet in this area, and the relatively shallow water promotes an abundant crop of phytoplankton, marine plants, shellfish, finfish, and marine mammals, all the way up the food chain. The bank is marked by bright swirls of color in the image.

Patches and swirls of phytoplankton continue to the north and east from the bank, indicating regions where there are significant nutrients near the surface and other water conditions that promote blooms. Though it is very difficult to identify the genus and species of phytoplankton from a satellite, researchers working from ships in the North Atlantic confirmed that at least some of the phytoplankton blooming in May were diatoms, including Guinardia delicatula.

The Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank have historically been some of the most productive fishing grounds on the planet. Overfishing and pollution brought significant declines in the late 20th century, though regulation and changes in fishing practices may now restore some of the abundance in the local waters. Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, North Carolina State University, and NOAA have been regularly monitoring the region with ship-based studies, ocean models, and automated, moored instruments in order to keep track of phytoplankton and algae species, particularly those that lead to toxic algae blooms.

Related Reading

NASA Earth Observatory (2011, March 2) Ocean Crossroads.

NASA Earth Observatory (2011, February 17) As the Seasons Change, Will the Plankton?

NASA Earth Observatory (2010, July 13) What are Phytoplankton?

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2015, May 11) Gulf of Maine Red Tide Bloom Expected to Be Similar to Past Three Years. Accessed May 25, 2015.

American Museum of Natural History (no date) The Sorry Story of Georges Bank. Accessed May 25, 2015.

NASA image by Norman Kuring, NASA Ocean Color group. Caption by Mike Carlowicz, with image interpretation from Norman Kuring (NASA) and Dennis McGillicuddy, Don Anderson, and Heidi Sosik (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution).

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 11, 2015, 02:48:59 pm »

A spectacular display of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) overhead in the Brooks Range of Alaska, deep in the Gates of the Arctic National Park.

Many other beautiful photos at link:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 05, 2015, 07:49:15 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 27, 2014, 02:26:12 am »

More earth from space. The Northern lights are far out!  :o I actually made out some GREEN colored landscape in Mexico or possibly Central America. See if you can spot it.  8)
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 27, 2014, 02:18:29 am »

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 13, 2014, 12:59:58 pm »

From Davy Jones' Locker to the largest know cave in the world (it's in Viet Nam) to the 9,000 ft high lost world that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's novel to some amazing and unique life forms like a huge meat eating PLANT  :o  ;D and chemotrophic life forms, video proof that this planet has many wonders yet to be revealed to human eyes. 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 21, 2014, 01:11:55 am »

Dedicated to Richard L. (Dick) Proenneke  1916-2003

"Distance is relative. A trip on this lake takes me about 3 hours to canoe 8 and half miles if I don't have a wind to fight. With a motor on the canoe I could make it in less than an hour. But a motor's noise stills the sound of the wilderness. 
Dick Proenneke

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« on: November 15, 2014, 08:51:23 pm »

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« on: September 04, 2014, 12:54:54 am »

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« on: August 21, 2014, 11:54:37 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 01, 2014, 12:20:52 am »

HD 162826: Astronomers Discover Second Sun

Astronomers from the United States, Russia and Australia have discovered the first true solar sibling – HD 162826.

D 162826, a star born in the same star cluster as our Sun, is located in the constellation Hercules, about 110 light-years away from Earth. It has a mass about 1.15 times that of the Sun.

The star is not visible to the unaided eye but can be seen with low-power binoculars, not far from Vega.

The astronomers led by Dr Ivan Ramirez from the University of Texas at Austin identified HD 162826 as our Sun’s sibling by following up on 30 possible candidate stars. In addition to chemical analysis, they also analyzed information about orbits of these stars.

Considering both chemistry and orbits narrowed the field of candidates down to one – HD 162826.

“No one knows whether this star hosts any life-bearing planets,” said Dr Ramirez, who reported the discovery in the Astrophysical Journal (arXiv.org version).

Dr Ramirez’s team has ruled out any massive planets orbiting close to the star.

“It’s unlikely that a Jupiter analog orbits the star,” Dr Ramirez said.

However, he and his colleagues do not rule out the presence of smaller terrestrial planets.

“The finding of a single solar sibling is intriguing, but the project has a larger purpose: to create a road map for how to identify solar siblings, in preparation for the flood of data expected soon from surveys such as ESA’s Gaia.”

Gaia will provide accurate distances and proper motions for a billion stars, allowing scientists to search for solar siblings all the way to the center of our Milky Way Galaxy.

“The number of stars that we can study will increase by a factor of 10,000,” Dr Ramirez said.

“Don’t invest a lot of time in analyzing every detail in every star. You can concentrate on certain key chemical elements that are going to be very useful. These elements are ones that vary greatly among stars, which otherwise have very similar chemical compositions. These highly variable chemical elements are largely dependent on where in the Galaxy the star formed.”

“We want to know where we were born. If we can figure out in what part of the Galaxy the Sun formed, we can constrain conditions on the early Solar System. That could help us understand why we are here,” Dr Ramirez said.

Once many more solar siblings have been identified, astronomers will be one step closer to knowing where and how the Sun formed.


I. Ramirez et al. 2014. Elemental Abundances of Solar Sibling Candidates. ApJ, accepted for publication; arXiv: 1405.1723

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