Natural Swimming Pools, What are they?

Natural swimming pools or ponds are bodies of water large enough to swim in. All while being cleaned using natural methods. Some of these methods include filtering plants, guard animals, rocks that clean water, and an aerator like a pump or waterfall. These pools can provide a safe clean chlorine-free place to swim, as well as introduce friendly wildlife to your area.

How can I make natural swimming pools?

You can start building your natural pool the way you would a regular pond or even a pool. If you have a pool already and would like a natural one, you have the hole and sealed bottom part done. Starting from scratch, you will need to dig a hole to your desired size. Make sure to cut out a terraced ramp, 2 through 18 in, leading to your natural pool. This will be the filtration system. Use thick clay, pond liner, or watertight concrete to keep the water from seeping into any underground caverns. Once the clay, liner, or concrete is dried and set, we can pick out the plants.

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What plants do you need to clean natural swimming pools?

Make sure to use plants that suit your environment. The best choice is to get the plants from a supplier of native plants. Both aquatic plants, Sedges (Carex), and rushes (Scirpus) make perfect emerging vegetation for your pools plant-based filter. Lesser cattails (Typha angustifolia) and water irises are also good, but be sure to ask which varieties do not overwhelm other plants.


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How can I make natural swimming pools run through plant-based filters?

An aerator will help move water to the filter area, as well as introduce oxygen into the water. Aerators are often pool pumps sending water to an elevated point to run off into a water fall. Water hitting water causes the some of the H2O to break and introduce oxygen from the air into the pool. Oxygen is good for plants and any fish you may have that can help the natural swimming pool remain clean.

Do wildlife come and how to I deal with them?

Wildlife will come to your pond because it’s a source of freshwater. But there are ways to prevent it and keep your water clean and safe. Build your swimming pond in a greenhouse. Koi and minnows keep the water free of insects. Give your water treatments with pond cleansers.

Photo by Ricardo Esquivel 

Now you know how to build natural swimming pools. If you want to build your own, leave a comment down below!

Cheetah, the Worlds Fastest Animal on Land

Animals can be fast! With humans maxing out at 28 mph, the cheetah can run a whopping 58 miles-per-hour. However, they are still not the fastest animal in the world. That record is held by an ocean animal and we’ll talk about them another time.

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Cheetahs are notorious for being fast! Growing up, we were told to be fast like a cheetah. Some said that imagine you’re a cheetah chasing a gazelle. I didn’t want to chase gazelles so I said, “I’m going to mix a cheetah and a gazelle and go even faster.”

Close to all wild cheetahs can be located in sub-Saharan Africa, where they inhabit open plains of grassy savannah and forests. A tiny population lives in northeastern Iran, though there are just a few dozen left.

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The bodies of these large cats grow around 4 feet in length, with a tail ranging around 27.56. Their weight varies around 88.18 pounds and males weighing slightly more.

Cheetahs are typically found in groups. Usually a mother and her babies (who remain together for about six months after leaving their mother). Sometimes a group of males live together. Nevertheless, adult female cheetahs appear to be single. They only encounter males to mate with.

Animals that stick together as a family are pretty cool. They raise their young like humans and then let them go once they are ready.

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source: National Geographic Kids.

The Oldest Shark Alive?

Greenland sharks could be 512-year-old, making it the oldest shark known. Did you know that anything can live that long? Believe it or not, some of the rocks you see, on the ground or driving on the freeway could be millions if not billions of years old. We think of life as something fresh like us, but these sharks are possibly older than America!

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Born small little things, they grow pretty large, weighing in over a ton. We don’t yet know how big they can get or even how old they could be. All that we have found out so far is that this specific set of research says this one Greenland shark could be anywhere for just over 200 to 512. That’s old.

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They were able to figure out how old the shark was by carbon dating. Scientists and researchers gathered eyelid samples that are sometimes covered with a worm-like parasite. This evidence was taken and evaluated to find a wide date range of 200-500.

Sharks sometimes are able to present their age with thick growth rings, but with Greenland sharks the situation is different. Greenland sharks are not as hard and thick so they have no rings to show their growth. Maybe when we are able to clearly tell the date of this shark, we will be able to judge Greenland shark’s age by size.

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The carbon test is accurate on land with a 1-3 year difference. In water, especially with a moving being, there are more factors involved which is why there is a 300-year gap.

Comment below if you want scientists to find out how to accurately predict the age of this Greenland shark, the world’s oldest shark.

The Greenest City in the World.

Being human, it’s one thing to be green, but it’s a whole other level to be the world’s greenest city! Copenhagen is currently ‘that’ city. Topped with the opportunity to ski down the roof of a green-energy power station. They have solar-powered boats and you’re able to swim in a clean & safe busy urban harbor. While you’re staying there, you can live in an eco-friendly hotel and dine on vegan food on nearly every street!

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All of the people there, businesses and all, contribute to keeping this city the greenest it can be! Going green is a challenge, and these people have structured an entire city to function with Earth and themselves in mind. That’s a lot of love and a lot of work!

Copenhill is their main attraction feature. This man-made, architecturally designed, bedrock strong mountain is actually their waste-to-energy powerplant. Their power comes from their own waste! It makes enough to power tens of thousands of businesses and homes each and every day. They literally don’t waste anything.

Photographed by: Telegraph

On top of that, Copenhill has a constant year-round ski slope. You can hike up it and you can even climb up the walls!

Photographed by: Kristoffer Dahl

The town seems to have more than its fair share with parks and green areas, and a 70-acre nature preserve is being developed in the North Harbor industrial area. Much of this region, and Refshaleøen across the entrance of the harbor, has been regenerated with sustainable design, like grass roofs that trap rainwater as well as insolate buildings.

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Why We Should All Drink More Water.

Water is important, do we really need to drink more? Every human alive has a lot of water inside of them. Roughly 80% of your body is water content. Though some of it isn’t exactly water anymore after running through your lymphatic system. It pearls and turns into different materials to keep your body clean and strong. Thick clear liquids like saliva, might not be water but does have a water content to it. Why is water so important? Heres a few reasons.

It helps keep your body cool.

Water is a huge coolant. That and nitrogens are the biggest components to keeping the Earth cool, including your body. H2O is what creates water. So essentially hydrogen [H], oxygen [O], and nitrogen [N] keep things cool. That’s important in a world where spontaneous combustion and forest fires exist. Water is important because it makes sure your body stays cool.

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As stated before, water helps create saliva.

Saliva is a liquid that appears only in your mouth and runs down your throat into your stomach, sometimes in your lungs. But your body produces all kinds of thick and thin clear liquids that use hydrogen & oxygen from the waters we drink. These liquids have many reasons to exist in your body but mainly to keep things clean and hydrated. The chemicals elements in water are some of the strongest fluid elements. Water carves mountains and keeps us from dying in the vacuum of space. Its strength keeps you clean hydrated.

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This high in oxygen substance water helps with physical performance.

Oxygen is a hyperactive chemical element. Its natural state is a gas. A gas with cooling capabilities. This means that as you drink H2O you are adding a hyperactive gas to your body that your blood uses to help keep the body moving. O helps your blood stay high vibe [litterally] and rapidly moving so it doesn’t get stuck or slow down.

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source: Healthline.

The Largest Bird on Planet Earth.

Ostriches are the world’s largest bird. Seemingly false, this bird outsizes all birds. Though some existed that are now extinct. These large birds, not only run Africa, but the world.

Ostriches are huge, flightless birds with long legs and protruding long neck on their round body. Males have powerful black-and-white colors, which they use to attract women.

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According to the African Wildlife Foundation, they can grow up to 2.7 meters (9 feet) tall and weigh as much as 320 lbs (145 kilograms). The eyes of an ostrich are 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter— the largest of any land animal.

The American Ostrich Group says the ostrich is the only bird that has two toes at each foot, all other birds have three or four toes.

Wild ostriches live in Africa’s warm, hot savannas and woodlands. They have been breed and placed all around the United States, Mexico, Canada, and almost every other country. So if the world were to end, ostriches would populate nearly every continent.

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They once roamed across Asia and the Arab Peninsula, but since they were so heavily hunted, the range of wild ostriches has been limited to sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Michigan University Zoology Museum.

The San Diego Zoo said, they prefer plants, roots, seeds, and leaves. Ostriches don’t have to consume water; they get all they need from the plants that they munch on. They still will drink water if they come across some.

source: Live Science.

The Largest Greenhouse in the World.

The veiled biome greenhouse design was influenced by the moon. They are designed from a space-frame clad of tubular steel with large eco-friendly translucent panels crafted from a thermoplastic called ETFE.

The Eden Project includes three primary biomes: the Tropical Biome, the Mediterranean Biome, and the uncovered Outdoor Biome.

ETFE is a form of plastic (a petroleum product) that is recyclable, durable, and lightweight. Earth can be a wild ride, but special ETFE tape can be used if the plastic rips, so that a whole panel doesn’t need to be replaced.

Also, it is cheaper, lighter, and more durable than glass.

This ETFE plastic protects the Tropical and Mediterranean Greenhouse Biomes from the external elements!

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This land was once a desert sand hole in the ground. Thanks to these greenhouses and the creators of this beautiful Eden Project, this hole now flourishes!

Scroll back up to see the beautiful before and after photos!

As you can see, amazing things can happen on planet earth. Such as, growing an awesome forest on dessert land! You can do the same too. Start small and where you’re at. Create it to be an awesome forest.

Grow your garden and get some supplies on this Earth Day from our Garden Shop!

source: InHabitat.

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Vancouver Aquarium Might Be Shut Down For Good.

Thanks to a lack of sales, the Vancouver Aquarium could be permanently closing in the coming months.

The Vancouver Aquarium isn’t the only venue that the coronavirus epidemic is affecting and Neumünster Zoo has lost support in northern Germany due to a shortage of visitors in the wake of the raging pandemic.

The zoo announced that some of its animals would have had to start feeding others with their own lives. 

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If—and this is really the worst, worst case of all—if I no longer have any money to buy feed, or if it should happen that my feed supplier is no longer able to deliver due to new restrictions, then I would slaughter animals to feed other animals,”

Said Kaspari to the German news agency DPA.

Kaspari said killing other animals might be an “unpleasant,” final resort.

We’ve listed the animals we’ll have to slaughter first,”

Kaspari told Die 
Welt, a German newspaper.

The zoo said one of the creatures, a roughly 12-foot polar bear called Vitus, should be kept till the end.

Verena Kaspari, director of the Neumünster Zoo said the zoo lost about €175,000 this spring as a result of the outbreak.

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Gustavsson says the aquarium, is home to 70,000 species. These include otters, sea turtles, and jellyfish.  They have lost over $3 million since its doors were closed last month.

From a financial point of view for the Vancouver Aquarium, this is a disaster. Eighty-five percent of our revenue comes from aquarium operations,”

Ocean Wise chairman and CEO Lasse Gustavsson 
told “Mornings with Simi” show on CKNW radio.

These amounts don’t make sense. One member says the aquarium lost over $100,000 since closing and another said over $3 million.

This company seems to not have everything together and unprepared for situations like this coronavirus outbreak.

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Source: LiveKindly.

Some Gut Bacteria Produce Electricity.

Scientists recently discovered that some gut bacteria produce electricity, which is amazing! Lots of people understand the brain and nervous system send electricity through the body. A common misconception is that your gut doesn’t have any electricity and in terms can’t feel.

This research can prove that your gut can feel itself rather than your brain. Some gut bacteria producing electricity can be very different than how your brain and nervous system sense things. Inside your gut, the bacteria have a mind of their own.

Literally, your gut bacteria is a different entity than you. Meaning these little guys in your gut are producing electricity, and for the most part, your brain has no clue what they are doing it for.

We know our body can tell when there are good or bad bacteria in your gut. We feel weird, maybe sick, but those are all external feelings from different brain connected organs telling us somethings off.

Your nervous system is connected to the sealing tubes of your digestive system. If there is to much pressure, the valve from your stomach to your throat will open, causing you to throw up. If your poop is too liquidy and acidic, your anal valve will open causing you to release the liquid out of your butt.

None of this is connecting to your gut biome. Your intestines are like a world of their own. Inside, the bacteria that breaks down your food communicate with each other, break down food particles together and produce balls of electricity to throw at each other like snowballs.

Okay, the last part probably isn’t true. But the point is, your gut is its own environment and we get to treat it right.

Do you know what can be good to help gut bacteria produce electricity? Rice! Check out this article on a Japanese Village Plants Colored Rice To Make Pictures. It’s really cool to see how people play with their food.

Source: Medical News Today.

Girl Made Solar Water Heater & Wins Science Prize.

8 year old reinvents the solar water heater for her rural town in Mexico! Cities all around the world don’t have gas lines or power to heat water. This girl made one for her family and won a Nuclear Science Prize.

Though solar water heaters have existed for years, having them applied in certain areas has been difficult. Technology and other conveniences come to societies with money in place, something lots of communities are missing.

Something as simple as not having money or an export-import system can affect the development of countries and cities. Coca-Cola can ship all around the world, but Amazon can not. This poses a problem when one country can have things, like solar water heaters, that other countries or towns can not.

But this girl used the resources available to her to create luxury for herself.

Money to get products cheap at wholesale is a luxury only developing countries have. A luxury this 8-year-old is creating for her self and her community. Could you imagine not having hot water? Then being told you needed to either go to another country or create and export system in order to get a solar water heater with foreign cash.

The struggle is real in developing countries, but there is a keyword there and it is “developing”. Though these countries aren’t London or China when it comes to money and goods. They are still developing and by the resourcefulness of this girl, I’d say they are off to a great start.

If you want to see how a whole country is using their resources & money to make their community better, check out Scotland to have 100% Renewable Energy.

Source: Collective Evolution.