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As winter sets in, Ice Sculptors demonstrate their fine craftsmanship across the United States. Using just ice as the raw material and by tools such as chainsaws and specialty bits fitted to a die grinder, artists create stunning sculptures. It takes only about 15~20mins to create sculptures like these and the lifetime of a sculpture is fact determined primarily by the temperature of its environment, thus a sculpture can last from mere minutes to possibly months! Ice sculptures have a rich history and some evidence suggests people may have been carving ice as early as 600 B.C. Join me Shravan Regret Iyer @shravanregretiyer3lenses and explore ‘This is America’ Also visit @regretiyerproductions @shravanregretiyer & shravanregretiyer.com for more immersive stories from the natural world.

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Warming winters across the United States:
According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), currently on average, winter is warming across much of the United States, especially in northern locations and higher altitudes. Since the 1990s winters have been dramatically different. The 2000s decade had so little area with extreme cold, that the decadal average sits barely above the zero line of percentage of areas experiencing extreme cold.
And, according to VOX by 2050 about 67 cities in the United States could lose a month or more of days with temperatures below freezing. And this loss of freezing days will in turn harm ecosystems, human health, and water resources!
Join me Shravan Regret Iyer @shravanregretiyer3lenses and explore ‘This is America’
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Warming winters across the United States: According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), currently on average, winter is warming across much of the United States, especially in northern locations and higher altitudes. Since the 1990s winters have been dramatically different. The 2000s decade had so little area with extreme cold, that the decadal average sits barely above the zero line of percentage of areas experiencing extreme cold. And, according to VOX by 2050 about 67 cities in the United States could lose a month or more of days with temperatures below freezing. And this loss of freezing days will in turn harm ecosystems, human health, and water resources! Join me Shravan Regret Iyer @shravanregretiyer3lenses and explore ‘This is America’ Also visit @regretiyerproductions @shravanregretiyer & shravanregretiyer.com for more immersive stories from the natural world.

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The first Full Moon of 2020, the Wolf Moon is here! According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the January Full Moon was dubbed the ‘Wolf’ Moon by Native Americans because it occurred at a time of year when wolves would be howling with hunger. The bright full moon light can also produce rainbows at night which are sometimes caused by the refraction of light through ice particles in high altitude clouds. They are called lunar rainbow or 'moonbow'. The uniqueness of 2020 is there are 13 full moons including two full moons in the month of October i.e. Harvest moon and the Blue moon. Join me Shravan Regret Iyer @shravanregretiyer3lenses and visit https://shravanregretiyer.com for more immersive stories.

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Beluga whales are highly social and extremely intelligent. They can mimic the sounds they hear including human speech! They are also known as the “canaries of the sea" because of the vast range of sounds they produce. Beluga whales are found solely in the Northern Hemisphere and inhabit the cold waters of the Arctic Ocean and subarctic regions. They are found in Alaska as well as areas of Russia, Canada, Norway and Greenland. They are listed as near threatened species in the the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. There are about 30 captive Beluga whales in the United States including around 300 worldwide. Join me Shravan Regret Iyer @shravanregretiyer3lenses and explore ‘This is America’. Visit @shravanregretiyer @regretiyerproductions and https://shravanregretiyer.com for more immersive stories.

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Can we jump-start Spring 2020?

An Eastern Gray Squirrel, native to the eastern North America, takes a leap.
Eastern Gray Squirrel are scatter-hoarder and hoards food mostly seeds in numerous small catches for later recovery. When that happens, the seed may sprout. Meaning, more trees, more food 🙂 Scientists in Pennsylvania consider Eastern Gray Squirrels as a model organism for studying the close evolutionary interaction between plants and animals. One such research findings show how Oak trees and Squirrels have evolved to help each other!

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In winter, the trees are bare, the snow is crusted, the marshes are frozen and brown leaves on the ground, clumps of dead grass, and little silvers of ice clinging to the edges of brooks. It might look like a gray world, but the Great Swamp teems with multitudinous forms of life.

As author Brooks Atkinson puts it in the 1967 article published in the New York Times magazine, “Great Swamp is good for nothing – But Life, Knowledge, Peace and Hope

The Great Swamp here in New Jersey is considered unique because it is home to both northern and southern species of trees and a refuge to millions of land and water birds migrating twice a year through the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the Great Atlantic Flyway – a major North-South flyway for migratory birds in North America.
The Great Swamp is also home to 42 species of reptiles and amphibians, 39 species of mammals, and home to more than 244 species of birds.
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