Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Kelud eruption could be massive

Indra Harsaputra, The Jakarta Post, Kediri

Cooled lava from a 1990 eruption has blocked magma at Mount Kelud in East Java, which authorities warn could cause a larger eruption this time around.

Head of observation at the Bandung-based Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center, Mohammad Hendrasto, said Tuesday it was this threat of a larger eruption that prompted the authorities to leave the volcano on top alert.

He said an increase in the temperature of Kelud's crater lake also contributed to the decision not to lower the volcano's alert status.

He said the volcano, which has been on top alert status since Oct. 16, has continued to experience two to three volcanic quakes a day.

"These indicators have shown there is still a lot of activity at Kelud. The threat of eruption is still imminent, although we can't be sure when the explosion will take place," he said at a press conference.

On Tuesday afternoon, the temperature of the crater lake was 35.6 degrees Celsius on the surface, 38.2 degrees Celsius at a depth of 10 meters and 39.5 degrees Celsius at a depth of 15 meters.

He said authorities believed the volcano erupted on Oct. 16, when 510 volcanic quakes occurred in a single day.

During the 1990 eruption, the volcano recorded 327 quakes.

From Oct. 16 to Tuesday, the magma has reached a depth of 700 meters, he said.

"After further observation over the past four days, we found cooled that has blocked the magma's passage out.

"We don't precisely know how thick the cooled lava is, but when the volcano does erupt it will send out more solid materials than in previous eruptions," Hendrasto said.

A member of the disaster center's team monitoring Kelud estimated the cooled lava was more than 4.3 kilometers thick and that if the volcano erupted, it might spew out solid materials for up to three hours.

"If this scenario happens, this year's explosion will be much worse than previous eruptions on record. It might even be bigger in terms of other volcano eruptions in the country," he said.

The cooled lava could be expelled as large stones that could be thrown very long distances, considering the amount of pressure built up inside the volcano.

He recommended residents living within a 10-km radius of the crater remain in shelters.

He warned that the longer the magma was blocked inside the volcano, the more carbon dioxide would accumulate. The gas has started coming out from cracks near the crater, but authorities do not have the equipment to measure the levels of the gas.

Many residents, however, have ignored the warnings and returned to their homes.

Returning residents say they have survived past eruptions and are not worried about Kelud's current rumblings.

"The residents no longer believe the government. I'm tired trying to persuade them to evacuate.

"I have distributed disclaimers to ensure the residents will not sue if they're injured in the eruption," Sugihwaras village head Susiadi told The Jakarta Post.

Disclaimers have been distributed to 790 families in Ngancar district in Kediri regency.

"I don't want to be blamed by people if there is an eruption," he said.

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