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)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Mount Kelud -- Part II: Shrouded in mystery

Indra Harsaputra, The Jakarta Post, Kediri, East Java

As nature is hard to predict, so is Mount Kelud, East Java's charming yet baffling volcano. The Center for Volcanology and Mitigation of Geological Disasters has stated that Mt. Kelud is demonstrating a new natural phenomenon in its history.

Nov. 2, 2007 is a date the chairman of the Mt. Kelud Monitoring Team, Umar Rosadi, will not forget. At around 16:00 hours that day, countless shallow and deep volcanic tremors occurred. Over 500 quakes have been recorded since the volcano was placed on full alert status on Oct. 16, 2007.

With seismic data registering persistent vibrations, Umar and his 10-man team immediately began scurrying away from the Margomulyo monitoring station, 7 kilometers from the peak of Mt. Kelud.

"It's going to blow!" shouted a team member to guards posted at the gate of Kelud park.

The guards were aghast at the sight of the monitoring team speeding away in their car. Instinctively, they darted away, along with local police personnel. Dozens of Sugihwaras villagers followed in panic, abandoning their homes. That day, the tranquil village resembled a motor rally.

Several hours passed, but Kelud's summit remained relatively calm. The monitoring team finally returned to their station while some local communities chose to stay in refugee camps for fear of an eventual eruption.

So far, however, Mt. Kelud has not done so. On Nov. 29, the volcano's alert status was lowered again.

"No other volcano in Indonesia has ever `survived' such (a series of) quakes. Mt. Kelud should have exploded," Umar told The Jakarta Post.

Hazardous tourist spot

In spite of its dangers, the 1,724-meter mountain on the border of the Kediri and Blitar regencies, or around 150 kilometers from the provincial capital of Surabaya, is an enchanting destination for tourists.

As one of hundreds of volcanoes in the country, Mt. Kelud has erupted 30 times since 1311, the latest taking place in 1990. In the disasters inflicted by Kelud, the cumulative death toll has reached over 15,000.

The 1990 eruption created a green lake in the crater of the volcano, offering a superb panorama. It is thus unsurprising that Mt. Kelud has become a major tourist attraction since then, generating considerable revenue for the regency coffers.

While the two regencies once disputed their jurisdiction over this are, Kediri has finally gained rightful administrative control.

A ritual offering is held annually in the Kelud area. Resembling the local people's traditional ceremonies, the ritual is, in fact, more aimed at drawing the attention of domestic and foreign tourists. Today, the rite is conducted by the caretaker of the tourist area, Mbah Ronggo. Mbah Ronggo moved to he slope to be an ascetic, and has lived there these past 15 years.

Ronggo is locally known as a witch doctor and exorcist, but those living on and around the mountain do not readily follow his advice about the volcano's imminent danger, as they prefer to consult their own village elders. Mbah Agung is one such elder.

The elder of Kalibladak village in Nglegok district, Agung has earned the villagers' trust in his views on Mt. Kelud. When the Post last saw him, Agung claimed to have received a supernatural message that the volcano would erupt at 2 o'clock -- either in the wee hours, which would result in many victims, or in the afternoon with none -- but he did not specify a date.

Several other paranormal forecasts put the time of eruption at the end of December 2007 or before New Year's, in mid-2008, or after the East Java gubernatorial election slated for June 2008.

Some "psychics" believed that the disaster would be preceded by an affliction or bloodshed -- but these are mere predictions.

"The fact is that Mt. Kelud has remained steady so far. Earlier, I thought it would erupt soon, but it seems the mountain is too shy to accept my proposal," joked Surono, head of the Center for Volcanology and Mitigation of Geological Disasters.

Lava dome: New phenomenon?

Surono said the volcano was now in the phase of developing a lava dome, which was formed by magmatic pressure pushing up from beneath the lava cap left behind by the 1990 eruption.

"The lava dome will likely keep growing and change the layers of the mountain's crater lake into a sharp arc. We're monitoring the growth daily," he added. The dome has continued to expand at 8 square meters per second, and now measures 130 meters in diameter, with an area of 700,000 sq m.

According to Surono, the lava dome is a new phenomenon for Mt. Kelud. In the 1990 eruption, the volcano indeed developed a lava cap, but this cap did not turn into a swelling lava dome.

On the other hand, Amien Widodo, a geologist and head of the Center for Disaster Studies at the 10 November Institute of Technology-Surabaya, said the lava dome emerging from the Kelud crater was not new. Based on documents from the Netherlands, such a dome had emerged prior to the eruption in 1919.

"We don't have records of Mt. Kelud's developments in the period before 1966. Most of the data on this volcano are kept in the Netherlands. In point of fact, natural phenomena have to be studied by examining complete records," said Amien.

"The (Dutch) documents reveal that the lava dome, composed of andesite, was blown apart and discharged as rock and gravel in a past eruption, followed by showers of sand," he continued. The dome, crushed by magmatic forces, deepened the crater lake, but further specifics are not found in the data.

At present, the lake is 38 m deep with a water volume of 2.5 million cubic meters. Once, the lake was reportedly more than 600 m deep with a capacity of 40 million cu m.

"The 1919 eruption claimed the largest number of human lives, reaching 5,160," added Amien.

He noted that the Kelud's new dome and recent emissions with accompanying tremors and smoke pillar -- up to 120 m high -- should be taken with extreme caution, as they could be signs of a devastating explosion like that in 1919.

"In theory, this volcano is on the verge of erupting. The higher and more massive the dome, the greater its blast impact," Amien warned.

According to him, it is presently difficult to estimate the Volcano Explosive Index (VEI) of Mt. Kelud, which has ranged historically from 3 to 5. It recorded VEI 5 in 1856, which is equivalent to the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines that killed 932, and the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in the United States.

In comparison, the infamous eruption of Mt. Krakatau on Aug. 27, 1883, recorded VEI 6 with a death toll of 36,000.

"But it's still hard to predict when Mt. Kelud will blow up, even with the available scientific documents," Amien said.

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