I love this site: www.fathom.com - below are a few interesting facts.
Did you know?
They cover two-thirds of its surface, and may harbour more species than all the Earth's other environments put together. Yet, for most of us, the deep oceans and the strange animals that inhabit them are as alien and remote as the surface of the moon. Only 150 years ago the best-informed scientists thought that the depths of the seas were totally lifeless. We now know that animal life is to be found everywhere in the oceans, even at the bottom of the deepest trenches and around super-heated water gushing through cracks in the sea floor. This seminar takes us down to the mysterious world at the bottom of the sea to explore what we know--or think we know--of life in the deep oceans.
The most characteristic feature of sea water is that it is salty. It is a complex solution of many different chemicals--there are about 35 grammes of salt in every litre of sea water. Almost nine-tenths of this is common salt or sodium chloride. The remainder probably includes all the chemicals that occur naturally on Earth--along with a few that have been introduced by humans. Many of the chemicals in sea water occur in very low concentrations and vary over time and space, as a result of biological processes going on within the oceans. But several of the major constituents, including sodium and chlorine, maintain very similar concentrations throughout the seas and have done so over many millions of years. This constancy, relative to fresh water and dry land, makes sea water an easy environment for animals and plants to cope with physiologically. It is also the reason why the very first life on Earth almost certainly evolved in the ancient seas.
I had to bookmark this site because of the frog.
A brilliant green tree tree frog with giant black eyes, tentatively classified as a Nyctimystes species, is one of 56 new species of animals discovered during a 2008 expedition to the remote island of Papua New Guinea.
This species of frog is specially adapted to its habitat of rushing freshwater rivers: females lay their eggs underneath river stones, and tadpoles have mouths that suction onto slippery rock surfaces.
The 2008 expedition consisted of scientists from Conservation International, the University of British Columbia in Canada and Montclair State University in New Jersey, as well as local scientists from Papua New Guinea. This international team documented more than 600 species of amphibians, mammals, birds, reptiles, plants, and invertebrates.
I also love this list: www.selfhelpmagazine.com
100 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR MATE
by Connie Saindon, MA
This list is designed to be a quick check for you to review. Use it to give you ideas to maintain your relationship, to give it a positive boost or to select a holiday gift.
1. Hug them.
2. Write a love note.
3. Call them at work just to say "Hi."
4. Give them a foot massage.
5. Tell them a joke.
6. Caress them with slow gentle strokes.
7. Go for a walk with them.
8. Send them a "happy gram."
9. Admit your mistakes.
10. Say: "I love you."