itsfullofstars: On march 7, Dutch astronaut André Kupiers took this picture from the ISS, showing the 50 kilometers wide rock formation called Eye of Africa. The structure sits in Mauritania, at the Sahara desert, and can only be seen from space.
I love and appreciate Nick Brandt’s photography even more after learning more about his foundation Big Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving Africa’s wildlife and ecosystems. Since its inception in September 2010, Big Life has hired over 120 rangers, built 14 outposts, and purchased 13 night-vision equipped vehicles in an urgent response to the recent dramatic escalation in poaching across much of Africa. All the proceeds from the sale of these stunning prints are being donated to the foundation.
French engineer Georges Mougin has a big idea. He wants to go to Antarctica, tie a big rope around a six-million-ton iceberg, drag it back to Africa and melt it into fresh, drinkable water.
Some might call him crazy, but Mougin reckons the plan could work. Using 3D computer simulations and declassified satellite data, his “IceDream” team believes that towing a drifting mountain of fresh water to Africa is absolutely possible.