Lemurs are small prosimians, or primitive primates, best known for their huge, adorable-bordering-on-creepy eyes. They’re native only to the island of Madagascar and the neighboring Comoro Islands, and the word “lemur” comes from lemures, a Latin word that means “spirits of the night.” While lemurs are related to modern primates, they more closely resemble an older ancestor of primates which existed tens of millions of years ago.
Unbelievably massive cliffs spring from the water along Ireland’s western coast, reaching exactly 702 feet high at their tallest point. Called the Cliffs of Moher, these stunning land formations stretch nearly five…
Although hurricane season usually peaks around mid-September, more than a handful of monstrous hurricanes, storms and cyclones have formed during October 2014. Bringing with them torrential rain and swift winds, the storms have touched almost every corner of the world. Check out these 10 terrifyingly beautiful storm satellite images that prove that Mother Nature is not a force to be reckoned with.
Super Typhoon Vongfong
Add this beauty as yet another reason why you need to make a trip to Oregon this fall. Oneonta Gorge enjoys its status as a botanical area given its unique aquatic plant life. Why the weird name? The first guy to photograph it (in the mid 19th century) was from the small town of Oneonta, New York.
If you’re in the market to understand why natural places have such weird names, it often helps to crack open a history book and see who first “discovered” it. In the case of Manly Beach, Australia, it was Captain Arthur Phillip. Upon seeing the indigenous people who called the area home, Phillip intimated that their “confidence and manly behaviour made [him] give the name of Manly Cove to this place”. Phillip later became the first Governor of New South Wales and also the founder of what would eventually become Sydney.
It should be noted that Phillip maintained close relations with aboriginals upon his arrival, saying that they should never be slain and that colonists should not retaliate against non-fatal spearing. That, however, changed when his gamekeeper had been killed by Aboriginals and Phillip had six of them put to death.