10 Essential Questions to Ask Before Selecting a New eCRM System
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This post is provided courtesy of Engaging Networks Accredited Partner, Zuri GroupSo, you’re ready to transition to a new nonprofit eCRM system. An electronic customer relationship management (eCRM) system transition requires thoughtful consideration of your team’s immediate needs and future goals. Before deciding which eCRM to implement, it’s essential to determine how exactly your current system both benefits and hinders those goals. Improving your team’s use of the current system is nearly always the faster and much less expensive route. Can you identify business objectives that the current system simply isn’t capable of meeting?

What's In That Water? 'Geochemical Santa Claus' Offers New Data To Climate Modelers
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That new data should help researchers make better models of Earth’s past and future climate. This is a number that so many modelers have wanted,” says lead study author Kimberley Mayfield, with a laugh. The additional data should lead to better models of Earth’s past climate, says Matthew Charette, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and co-author on the paper. He says improving models of the past should help us better understand the current changes in Earth’s climate. “We want to improve climate models for reasons that I believe are obvious at this point,” says Mayfield.

Meet the Alvin 6500 Team: Lane Abrams
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In 1991, Abrams was working as an electrical engineer at Bell Labs in New Jersey, when he saw a help wanted ad in the Boston Globe for the Alvin Group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Abrams’ group reconfigured the electrical systems during the last overhaul, anticipating that the group was set to extend its range from 4,500 to 6,500 meters. This is the second interview in a multi-part series with members of the Alvin Group. Oceanus: What do you do for the Alvin Group? We’ve purposely built Alvin so that the electrical system is a small part of what is required to keep people safe.

On the high seas
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There is a big difference between living on the coast and actually going out to sea, says WHOI Trustee Sam Coleman. Being at sea was a world away from talking about ocean science at meetings, according to WHOI corporation member Eric Anderson. “I came away with a visceral appreciation for the WHOI mission and so incredibly impressed by the Armstrong team,” he says. “You’re on a ship that is pitching in 12-foot seas and you have this couple-thousand-pound vehicle you’re trying to get into the water and back out again. “All of us observing were caught up in the drama because there was no guaranteed happy ending,” he says.

Gold Mining in Russia’s Central Aldan Ore District
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But in places such as the Central Aldan ore district in the Russian Far East—where concentrations of the precious metal have been discovered—mining operations are large enough to be seen from space. Central Aldan is one of Russia’s largest gold ore districts, with the mineral occurring in numerous deposits, or “lodes,” in the fractured rock. The Kuranakh gold deposit was discovered in 1947, and a moderate amount of gold was extracted by 1955. In areas where a lode has been eroded, pieces of gold can become concentrated by rivers and streams into placer deposits. From April to December in the 2019 mining season, three dredges extracted 18,600 ounces of gold from the Bolshoy Kuranakh placer deposit.

A Remote Lake with a Rich History
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Surrounded by arid and barren land in east Africa, Lake Turkana is the largest permanent desert lake in the world. The image above shows Lake Turkana (formerly Lake Rudolf) on December 10, 2020, as observed by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Like many desert lakes, Lake Turkana is a salty, closed basin. Many intact fossils have been found on Lake Turkana’s eastern shore around Koobi Fora Ridge. Today, the area around Lake Turkana is sparsely populated by people due to its isolated location and inadequate fresh water.

Free Feature • Landscape Photography as a Fine Art
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Follow us Follow usThe case for landscape photography as a fine art is not a hard one to make. Photography as Fine ArtKnowing the history leading to current-day art and understanding what constitutes “fine art”, we see some challenges facing artistic landscape photography. Clearly, landscape photography is capable of meeting the criteria for being considered a fine art. To start with, many photographers self-apply established art terminology, such as “fine art”, without understanding fully what it means. The case for landscape photography as a fine art is not a hard one to make.

St Charles, Idaho, USA by Juan Pablo Spicer-Escalante
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I quickly pulled over and grabbed my gear. As soon as I finished taking a series of images, a light snowfall began once again, ending the brief photo session...Hey VisitorDid you know that now we offer a VIP membership? Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers. Benefits of VIP membership:• Your own portfolio page – click here to see sample• We promote your portfolio monthly to over 700,000 followers• Download 12 new issues of the magazine every year• Download ALL back issues• Download 2 premium eBooks worth £19.45. • Upload and share up to 48 images per year via our monthly assignments• Upload and share up to 24 images per year via our picture submission form• Fast Support – we aim to reply within 24 hours• Submission Priority – your submission goes to the front of the queueDimitri Vasileiou • EditorSubscribe to VIP now

Sokolik, Rudawy Janowickie, Poland by Andrzej Muzaj
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When the air is clear, it offers a great view of the sunrise all year long. It took me another half an hour to hike up to the peak, through the empty and snowy forest, bathed in the moonlight. It was still at least an hour before sunrise, but the top platform is very small and holds up only ten people. Still, I've managed to capture this peaceful scene: villages below, slowly waking up for the next day, covered with snow. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Phyatunturi, Luosto, Finland by Isabel Nolasco
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I was chasing the northern lights, so I brought all my gear and expectations! Unfortunately, no forecasts could indicate any movements in that sense, so long northern lights. Anyway, I had a lot of fun capturing the magic of the snow and the perfect white landscapes. No regrets at all, on the contrary, I spent 12 awesome days of pure relaxation! Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Timberline Ski Area, Mount Hood, Oregon, USA by Lynn Hopwood
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Picture StoryDecember 27, 2020 I left my home in Prosser, Washington at 4:00 am and drove through thick winter fog for approximately an hour before it cleared on my way to Timberline Ski area near Government Camp, Oregon. This famous ski location has a great view of Mount Hood and I wanted to be there before sunrise. Because it was a Sunday morning when I arrived at the Timberline Ski area near Government Camp, Oregon I encountered more car congestion than I had planned for, which slowed down my time considerably. I was stunned and amazed by the pink sky and lenticular cloud over the top of Mount Hood. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

North Cascade NP, Washington, USA by Gary Blatter
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Picture StorySnowshoed in the dark to an elevated position to capture sunrise and sunset light on two of the prominent mountains in the North Cascades National Park. After a four hour drive and a two hour hike in the light did not disappoint. If you are ever in Northwest Washington state do not miss a trip to this park. It is truly one of a kind location regardless of the season you can visit. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Lake Superior, Hovland, MN, USA by Stephanie Drew
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Picture StoryHovland, MN is about 20 miles from the Canadian border on Lake Superior. On this morning, the temperature was -10 with a windchill of -35. In order to get to this location, I hiked 10 minutes through the woods with ice cleats until I entered this clearing on the shoreline. The sky was cloudy but as the sun rose over the horizon, the sky turned into an unexpected pastel painting. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

New observation network will provide unprecedented, long-term view of life in the ocean twilight zone
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All of these components will connect to the network’s buoys using acoustic signals underwater and an Iridium satellite link at the surface. All of these components will connect to the network’s buoys using acoustic signals underwater and an Iridium satellite link at the surface. “It will cover a really huge piece of the ocean,” says WHOI ocean ecologist Simon Thorrold, a Principal Investigator for the network. “Now, we’ll be able to get continuous measurements from a large chunk of the ocean twilight zone over significant periods of time. We play a leading role in ocean observation, and operate the most extensive suite of data-gathering platforms in the world.

Below Old Mans Cave, Logan, Ohio, USA by Roy Goldsberry
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Picture StoryI have been to visit Hocking Hills State Park near Logan, Ohio several times. There are several, separated areas that make up the park, and we decided to start with Old Mans Cave the next morning. In the stream at that spot, there is a rock shelf that the water flows over, and it had made an ice fall in addition to the waterfall. The pool just below that had also frozen over very smoothly, and allowed for a very fine reflection of the ice fall formations. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Lamar Valley, Yellowstone NP, USA by Bruce Costa
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The crowds have dwindled, the landscape is covered in snow, and the animals are typically down from the park's higher elevations. Entering through the north gate via Gardiner, Montana, Lamar Valley is one of the few places in the park you can access with a private vehicle; the rest of the park is only accessible via snow coach. Even with COVID restrictions in place, the park was still seeing a fair number of visitors. I figured the Lamar Valley and the Lamar River, in particular, would be a perfect place to test out this unique feature of this field camera. The Lamar River flows east to west in the valley and typically is snow-covered in the winter.

A Deadly Debris Flow in India
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The image pair above shows a closeup of the same area before and after the debris flow. Initially, there was some confusion about what caused the catastrophe, but a group of remote sensing scientists have mined satellite data for clues to fill in the sequence of events. Months before the landslide, satellite images showed a crack opening on an ice-covered flank of Ronti, a 6,029-meter (19,780-foot) mountain peak. As the accelerating rock and ice raced through Ronti Gad and then Rishiganga River valley, it picked up glacial sediments and melted snow. All the materials mixed into a fast-moving slurry that overwhelmed the river and churned wildly as it rushed through the river valley.

A Glowing Plume Over Mount Etna
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There is nothing particularly unusual about Mount Etna flinging lava, volcanic ash, or molten rocks into the air. Yet even experienced Etna watchers have been wowed by the intensity of the volcano’s unrest in February 2021. Southeast Crater is one of four summit craters on the volcano and the youngest; it formed in 1971. At times, lava fountains soared as high as 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles), about 3 times the height of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States. Paroxysms of similar intensity have occurred at Mount Etna at least four times since 1989, and the volcano has produced roughly 250 paroxysms of various strengths since 1977, said Boris Behncke, also with INGV.

Life Is Tough for Teenage Parasites
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But our understanding of the deep-sea trematode’s life cycle ends with the zoarcid. So it’s unsurprising that no one has ever figured out the complete life cycle of any deep-sea trematode. And on that fateful day when the snail’s life ends, the rest of the trematode’s life begins. Gabriel AlcalaDykman deciphered her first trematode life cycle in Santa Barbara in the spring of 2016, while she was an undergrad in Kuris’s parasitology lab. It’s not just that the worms maintain their ludicrously complicated life cycle in a rare oasis of life in one of the most hostile regions on Earth.

Study: Acidic ocean could devastate Cape Cod and Islands shellfish industry
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But comparatively little attention has been paid to the multiplier effect these nutrients have on ocean acidification in those same water bodies. A new report from the state Commission on Ocean Acidification, released Tuesday, said an increasingly acidic ocean threatens the state's $400-million-a-year shellfish industry, and could devastate coastal waters where nutrient loading adds to already elevated ocean acidity. More:Grants offer needed relief for shellfish harvesters“It’s clear we need to establish a broad ocean monitoring system,” said state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro. Ocean acidification occurs when carbon dioxide in the air is absorbed at a rate and quantity that lowers the pH, a measure of how acidic or alkaline a liquid is. The legislation will also amend appropriate existing laws to account for ocean acidification.

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