Fun Fact Friday – actually a fun story this week! A giant ice castle. (i.e. Frozen Water)

Incredible Ice Castles Grown by a Minnesota Man Using Geothermal Heating Systemthis year the giant ice castle is a tall, long wall measuring 65 feet at its height and 85 feet long with multiple tiers of ice layers. This year’s project began in November when Hanson set the poles and started growing the initial layers the first week of December. Now that it’s February, the ice castle will start to melt and eventually disintegrate around the end of April.

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Read more and see more photos: Incredible Ice Castles Grown by a Minnesota Man Using Geothermal Heating System Minnesota Winter Wonderland – Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

 

International Women’s Day-Women and Water

From The Nature Conservancy http://www.nature.org/initiatives/freshwater/features/art33145.html

Women & Water: Do women have the power to heal the world’s waters?

“And this March — from International Women’s Day on the 8th to World Water Day on the 22nd — is a great time to recognize and celebrate the positive impact women can make for water.  Through my work as a Conservancy freshwater scientist, I’ve learned that water isn’t just a world crisis, it’s a women’s crisis. In many societies, women and girls spend much of each day collecting and preparing water for cooking, cleaning, drinking and maintaining sanitation. ….. “Everyone has a role to play, but making a difference for water involves bringing people together and tackling complex issues — two things women are particularly good at,” says Silk. “Women can be a force for steering sustainable use and conservation in households, classrooms, farms, governments and businesses around the world.”  –Kate Frazer is a senior writer for The Nature Conservancy based in Boston, MA. Read the whole article at  http://www.nature.org/initiatives/freshwater/features/art33145.html

Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water!” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Moe Says- “Woman, Water, how great is that. What a great way to teach water awareness.”  http://bit.ly/gLSJ2R

Stay tuned — Tomorrow will Zoie will be making an appearance.

"Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it." Lao Tzu

Guess what?  It’s Water Week in Botaniumus!

“ We know the worth of water when the well is dry.” -Ben Franklin

Since it is Water Week – It is Moes turn to shine – or in this case shimmer in the water!

Moe-Minister of Clean Water
Moe-Minister of Clean Water

He has water-breathing gills and can travel in the seas for as long as needed. He and his family can adapt to sea or land as needed. Moe’s job as Minister of Clean Water is a natural fit for him. While swimming he preforms water tests as well as notes underwater spots of beauty. Part of his job also includes marking problem areas. Unfortunately these areas are more common than he would like. Botaniumus citizens are used to clean azure water and areas that are not pristine make them all very sad.

Moe will be chatting about water, water conservation and any other water issues he feels like this week!

Even though it is not Fun Fact Friday – here are two cool tidbits of water info.
– “More than 99% of our living planet is ocean.” Edith Widder #TED
– The largest height variation between the highest mountain and the deepest point in the bottom of the ocean is about 12 miles.

FYI: Moe is made from Hydrangea, moss, peony. To learn more about Moe and the gang.