Deserts are some of the harshest places on Earth. While humans can live off the land in several, severe climates, being stranded in the desert is virtually a death sentence for even the most capable wilderness survivor. It’s this particular reason that makes deserts so interesting. They’re devoid of almost everything life needs to thrive, but it perseveres anyway. Deserts...
namib desert with landmarks and cities
Along the southwest coast of Africa, you’ll find the expansive desert known as the Namib. Aptly named, Namib translates to “vast place” in English. The desert exists along the coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa and covers over 1,200 miles of the African landscape. Thanks to its interesting geological conditions, the Namib is one of the most interesting deserts...
hummingbird moth hovering near purple flower
If you want to encounter a life-form on Earth which will challenge your views of what it means to thrive in the universe, look no further than the insect class of the animal kingdom. There is a reason that many of the aliens featured in our science fiction literature and films resemble insects. We find them very unusual, because...
The Matterhorn, Switzerland
When you think of an inspirational landscape, what comes to mind? Everyone has different preferences, but a lot of people will immediately think of mountaintops. Look up “inspirational photos” online and you are bound to see more than a few beautiful, transcendent summits. As human beings, we are naturally drawn to the heights. Mountains are breathtakingly beautiful and remind us...
sea nettle jellyfish
If you have ever been swimming and noticed a jellyfish floating toward you, odds are you scrambled to get away as quickly as you possibly could. It is tough to spot jellyfish. Being translucent, they can often blend right into the ocean currents.Thankfully they tend to catch the light, which helps them to stand out under the right conditions....
How fast can you run? Research suggests that human beings could run as fast as 40 miles an hour—in theory—but sprint speeds average to closer to 12-15 mph.You may be thinking, “that’s not too shabby,” but as you will see, a 15 mph sprint would not be enough to win a race with any of the fastest animals on...

Dolphin Facts

dolphin leaping out of water
As one of the favorites among wildlife watchers, dolphins are best known for their agility and playful behavior creating a beautiful sight as they leap from the water.Part of the toothed whale family that also includes pilot whales and orcas, dolphins are highly intelligent and sociable marine mammals that can found in nearly every corner of the globe.Although they...

Cheetah Facts

Known for being the world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah is a large feline that can run up to 75 miles per hour in short bursts to cover distances up to 1,600 feet and accelerate to over 60 miles per hour within just three seconds!Easily recognizable from the other popular big cats for their spotted coat, characteristic “tear stripes”...
Camel (Louise Bleaky/Flickr)
When you think of a desert, do you imagine a lifeless wasteland where nothing can survive? While many people think of deserts as lifeless locations, they are actually quite diverse and rich in life.In fact, it could be said that there is no finer example of the richness of evolution than a desert ecology. Why? The harsh conditions imposed...
spiny dogfish near ocean floor bed
As their name suggests, spiny dogfish sharks (Squalus acanthias) have sharp spines in front of each dorsal fin. Their bodies are dark gray above and white below, often with white spotting on the sides. They are marketed as "rock shark", "rock cod" or "rock salmon" and are often eaten in Europe and used for English fish and chips. This...