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Top 10 Amazing Earth Facts
by. Dolvin ≈ October 11, 2008
As well known and well traveled as our planet is, there are still new things being discovered every day. In fact, most of our oceans haven’t even been explored yet which is why when new depths are located; they often come with hundreds of new species. Rain forests offer up new animals and plants as often as we can explore them. The Earth is constantly changing, shifting, and exposing new secrets for humans to marvel at. It took many years and many great minds to solve the problem of getting through Earth’s atmosphere into the wide expanse of space beyond. Here are ten amazing facts about our home that you may not be aware of.

10. The Atmosphere
The Atmosphere
Many layers of atmosphere coat our planet including the mesosphere, ionosphere, exosphere, and the thermosphere, but it’s the troposphere, closest to the planet itself, that supports our lives and is, in fact, the thinnest at only about 10 miles high.

9. Deserts
Deserts
Believe it or not, most of the Earth’s deserts are not composed entirely of sand. Much, about 85% of them, are rocks and gravel. The largest, the Sahara, fills about 1/3 of Africa (and it is growing constantly) which would nearly fill the continental United States.

8. The Big Blue Marble
The Big Blue Marble
The Earth is, in fact, not really round. It is called an oblate spheroid meaning it’s slightly flattened on the top and bottom poles.

7. Salty Oceans
Salty Ocean
If you could evaporate all the water out of all the oceans and spread the resulting salt over all the land on Earth, you would have a five hundred-foot layer coating everything.

6. Lakes and Seas
Lakes and Seas
The largest inland sea (or, sometimes called a lake) is the Caspian Sea which is on the border of Iran and Russia.

5. Mountains
Mountains
The Andes Mountain range in South America is 4,525 miles long and ranks, as the world’s longest. Second Longest: The Rockies; Third: Himalayas; Fourth: The Great Dividing Range in Australia; Fifth: Trans-Antarctic Mountains. For every 980 feet you climb up a mountain, the temperature drops 3-1/2 degrees.

4. Deep Water
Deep Water
The deepest lake in the world is in the former USSR and it is Lake Baikal. It has a length of 400 miles, a width of roughly 30, but its depth is just over a mile: 5,371 feet down. It is deep enough, so is speculated, that all five of the next largest lakes: The Great Lakes could be emptied into it.

3. Shaky Ground
Shaky Ground
Earthquakes can be catastrophically destructive and many a year are deadly. However, the Earth releases about 1 million a year, almost all are never even registered.

2. Hot, Hot, Hot
Hot.. Hot.. Hot..
Most people believe that Death Valley, California, U.S.A. is the hottest place on Earth. Well, occasionally it is, but the hottest recorded temperature was from Azizia in Libya recording a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius) on Sept. 13, 1922. In Death Valley, it got up to 134 Fahrenheit on July 10, 1913.

1. Dust in the Wind
Space Dust
Experts from the USGS claim that roughly 1,000 tons of space debris rains down on Earth every year.

source: http://listverse.com
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Four Leaf Lucky Clover
by. Dolvin ≈ October 4, 2008
Four Leaf Lucky CloverFew weeks ago.. I bought Four-Leaf-Clover handphone acessories for my friends and myself.. coz.. as I know Four Leaf Clover is consider as Lucky Clover... ^^

here is the reason, why are four-leaf clovers considered to be lucky?

A four-leaf clover represents Hope, Faith, Love and Luck.
That is the general belief of good luck.

In Irish tradition a three-leaf clover represents the Holy Trinity.
One leaf each for the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.
When a four-leaf clover is found the fourth leaf represents God's Grace.

According to Christian legend, Eve is said to have carried a four-leaf clover with her when she left the Garden of Eden. That means that anyone who has one can claim to hold a bit of Paradise.

The odds of finding a four-leaf clover have been calculated at 10,000 to 1! If you do find one, you are lucky indeed.

bcoz of that.. I wish that four leaf clover will bring them..
Hope, Faith, Love and Luck. 
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Atlantis @ Palm Jumeirah - Dubai
by. Dolvin ≈ September 30, 2008
Atlantis Hotel will be two towers with a total of 2,000 rooms, with two monorail stations linking it to the main stalk of the Palm Jumeirah. The first tower (28-storeys), The Royal Tower, will contain 1,200 rooms targeting luxury travelers, and the second tower (18-storeys) will contain 800 rooms targeting other travelers. The resort was designed based on the mythical lost continent of Atlantis, along with traditional Arabic design themes. It also maintains the icon of the Royal Towers in Atlantis, Paradise Island located in the Bahamas. The premises will include a 40 acre (162 thousand square meter) water-theme park, various water attractions, 86 thousand square foot (8 thousand square meter) two-storey conference center, 20 thousand square feet (1.85 thousand square meter) of retail space, an archeological attraction entitled The Dig. It is a joint venture between Kerzner International Limited and Istithmar PSJC.


and.. hei.. there is Dolphin Bay Special Attraction..hohoho... 

The II-acre Dolphin Bay is a centre of interaction and leaning. Providing an innovative incentive for visiting delegations, visitors can learn the supervision of marine mammal specialists.

Timings: 10am to 6pm daily 
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Butterfly Effect
by. Dolvin ≈ September 23, 2008
do you ever watch "The Butterfly Effect" cast by Ashton Kutcher?
that can change his past but effected his future and its not as his expected to be...
(I like that movie..) 

Hmm.. in Heroes that I watch today (Heroes Season 3 has beed released.. yipiii... ^^)
this sentence is show up again.. as its subtitle.. hmm.. what is Butterfly effect?

Butterfly effect is the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago.
hmm.. how can it be?

here is the theory that I got from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect

ButterflyThe phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain location. The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale alterations of events. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different. Of course the butterfly cannot literally cause a tornado. The kinetic energy in a tornado is enormously larger than the energy in the turbulence of a butterfly. The kinetic energy of a tornado is ultimately provided by the sun and the butterfly can only influence certain details of weather events in a chaotic manner.

Recurrence, the approximate return of a system towards its initial conditions, together with sensitive dependence on initial conditions are the two main ingredients for chaotic motion. They have the practical consequence of making complex systems, such as the weather, difficult to predict past a certain time range (approximately a week in the case of weather).



In human behavior, one can certainly see how small changes could render behavior, or another complex system, extremely unpredictable. Small actions or experiences stored in the unconscious mind, could certainly affect a person’s behavior in unexpected ways.

One looks at teen suicide for example, where no instance of previous depression has occurred. Loved ones are often left wondering what the many small factors were that precipitated a suicide. Further, people often agonize about the small details they did not see as possible factors for an unexpected suicide.

However, there are plenty of ways that such a behavior would be unanswerable according to the butterfly effect. Minute actions and experiences dating from childhood stored in the unconscious mind are not accessible when a person has died, and they may be hard to access without hypnosis or therapy when a person is living.

Whether used in science, fiction, or social sciences, the butterfly effect remains theory. However, it does seem a reasonable explanation for the unpredictability of events.
As it relates to human behavior, it does suggest that even the smallest actions may have huge consequences for good or ill.

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Life is Like a Pencil
by. Dolvin ≈ September 22, 2008
There's nothing like writing with a newly sharpened pencil. It has a nice fine point, plenty of lead to work with, and what you write is very legible.

If you happen to go too long without sharpening your pencil, the lead gets dull, wide, and soon, you're rubbing wood on your paper.

So what do you do? In order to sharpen your pencil, you need to cut away the wood to expose the lead. Then you need to cut the lead in order to get it to a point. The pencil works best at it's sharpest.

There's also a trick to sharpening properly. Not everyone can do it correctly. Often people end up with broken leads and broken pencils.

Let's move to the application:

- Regular pencils need regular sharpening.
I'm talking about your basic, yellow-painted, #2 pencil. It needs to be sharpened in order for it too work properly, even from the beginning. So do you. You need to take time to sharpen your skills, sharpen your thinking, sharpen your attitude on a regular basis.

- The best sharpening occurs through cutting something away.
With a pencil, you need to cut away the wood in order to get to the lead. In our lives, sharpening isn't always about learning something new. It is much more about taking away the distractions that get in the way of what we already know to be true.

- Sharpening is only necessary when you use what you've sharpened.
You don't need to sharpen an unused pencil, unless you're going to use it. Sharpening is necessary because of use. If all you do is spend your time sharpening, then you may actually be wasting your resources.

- A sharpened pencil still has an eraser on it.
Even a perfectly sharpened pencil can make a mistake. It all depends on who's doing the writing. Just because you sharpen your skills, it doesn't mean that you're going to be perfect. All you're doing is putting yourself in a position to be the best you can be. If you make a mistake, you might simply need to flip things around and start over.

- Sharpened pencils open the door to greater creativity.
An unsharpened pencil is difficult to work with and creates more of a distraction to the process. Once a pencil is sharpened, it becomes a tool in the hands of a person and is bound only by the person's creativity. When we sharpen our lives, we open the door to greater possibilities. When we take our skills to the next level, we become aware of greater opportunities.

- Unsharpened pencils soon become dull and unusable.
Have you ever rumaged through a drawer or container of pencils, trying to find the right one? What are you looking for? You're looking for the sharpest, the one that will write the best. All the dull pencils become useless, overlooked, obsolete. Have you ever felt useless, overlooked, or obsolete?

This metaphor works with pencils, saws, knives, basically anything that requires sharpening.
It also works with people who want to remain at the top of their game and continue learning and growing and developing and remaining relevant.

source: http://studentlinc.typepad.com
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