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After 750 miles, this year's Race to Alaska came down to a match race between two amazing teams. In the end, the Burd brothers took the victory, crossing the finish in Ketchikan 6 minutes ahead of their competition! For the statistically inclined, a lead of this size after 4 days, 3 hours and 5 minutes of racing equates to just 0.01%. The Burds have been self-documenting their journey through video, and we'll be editing it into a film very soon. Stay tuned and congrats to all the #r2ak competitors, you're all savages in our book!
Nature, and our relationship with it is ever evolving. Practices that worked for one generation may not for the next, which drives innovation and change. Reflecting on where we have come from and where we want to go is at the heart of #fromtheashes, a documentary film we got to see last night. Check out our Instagram story from the screening above and tune into @natgeo on June 24th to see it yourself!
Being able to float underwater like a superhero is a pretty epic coincidence of physics. The fact that water is held to Earth's surface by gravity, that its viscosity is just right for us to swim through, and that our bodies are composed of it is pretty darn fortunate. Now if we could only extract oxygen from it and we'd be fully dialed in!
This view up Tongass Narrows towards Ketchikan Alaska will mark the end of an amazing journey for the finishers of this year's 750 mile Race to Alaska, a wind and human-powered boat race that we filmed for the first time back in 2015. This year all 3 Burd brothers are back in a 27 foot trimaran to better their previous 4th place finish. We geared them up with cameras and drones to document their experience and figure there is a 50-50 chance the gear survives. Stay tuned for updates!
During the past few days we've felt both inspired and disheartened by discussions surrounding the Paris Climate Accord, politics and our collective future. Then our friends from @girlsthatscuba sent in this beautiful photo that captured our feelings and got us thinking. Beautiful, but alone. Inspired but seemingly lost. Where do we go from here?
We've seen individuals, organizations and businesses offering their perspective on social media platforms such as this only to be met with responses like "stay out of politics" or "stick to
We've had a debate here at Waterlust about how many people actually read these Instagram captions. For this photo we thought about crafting a witty commentary about the importance of good drinking water. Then we thought about something generic and void of purpose like "high 5 for the weekend!" Then the "who reads this?" debate ensued. SO here we are. Do you read these captions or are we hollering into the vast emptiness of the Instagram abyss?
Dominica is geothermally active, indicated by hot springs that flow in abundance throughout the island. Here in the mountains above the capital of Roseau, mineral rich waters are diverted creatively into a collection of pools, showers and bath tubs for locals and out of shape hikers to rest their weary bones.
Combining field observations with computer modeling, researchers have examined how long it would take a rainforest to regenerate after being cut down. Animal dispersed tree species, which make up approximately 80% of a mature rainforest recovered in about 65 years while shade loving tree species, those that thrive in the shadows of the canopy take 160 years to recover. Endemic species, or those that are unique to a particular region take much longer to recover, up to 4,000 years according to the predictive modeling! To learn more, check out the paper in the Journal of Biological Conservation entitled "How long does the Atlantic Rain Forest take to recover after a disturbance? Changes in species composition and ecological features during secondary succession"