What Does it Mean to Preserve Nature in the Age of Humans?

Ben A Minteer, Arizona State University and Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University

Is the Earth now spinning through the “Age of Humans?” More than a few scientists think so. They’ve suggested, in fact, that we modify the name of the current geological epoch (the Holocene, which began roughly 12,000 years ago) to the “Anthropocene.” It’s a term first put into wide circulation by Nobel-Prize winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen in an article published in Nature in 2002. And it’s stirring up a good deal of debate, not only among geologists.

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Best Of: Nature Timelapse

Finding time to reconnect to nature may be difficult, but these three short clips are guaranteed to take only a fraction of your time.  Equipped with high-tech cameras to capture magnificent scenery, time-lapse has taken the world by storm and the introduction of 4k technology improves these effects tremendously. 

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Utah's Stunning Landscape in 'Desert Towers from the Air'

Anyone looking for their next nature fix should look no further than Utah, unless you prefer a more grounded approach of course. Offering a unique perspective through towering rocks spread out across the landscape, Brandon Fisher, Ken Schulte, and Luke Humphrey scale epic formations to give us all the perfect view in full 4k resolution.

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Explore the Infinite Universe at home with SpaceEngine

Although space travel has quite a few roadblocks before becoming accessible to the average person, a powerful computer may be all one needs to experience it now. SpaceEngine is the ultimate simulation program for astronomy enthusiasts and allows users to explore virtually anything in our known universe.

From black holes to distant galaxies, the program uses actual astronomical data to help generate uncharted territory with detailed renderings of stars and galaxies numbering in the trillions. A solo developer named Vladimir Romanyuk created it using a variety of textures, some of which are contributed by users.

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An Aerial Tour of ‘Hang Son Soong,’ the Largest Cave on Earth

Featuring its' own underground river, the Hang Son Soong in Vietnam is the largest known cave in the world and was discovered only recently in 1991 by a local man named Ho Khanh. It wasn't internationally known until 2009 when members from the British Cave Research Association, led by Howard and Deb Limbert, conducted a survey there. The ever-expanding cave was created 2-5 million years ago by erosion caused by river water flowing through limestone mountains.