Categorized | Features, Media, Scene

Into the Wild: Africa

 

Taking a Trip to Somewhere Different

Or, Taking a Trip Back Home

(VIRAL VIDEO)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Africa is one vast, beautiful, and spectacular place.

It’s the most interesting and diverse continent on the earth:  home to an incredible variety of people, animals, geographies and climates.

Africa covers six percent of the earth’s total surface, has a billion people, and speaks over 2,000 languages in its 54 countries.

It was also your house at one time.  Like, home.

africa skullLong before we were around, Africa was joined to the other continents in a massive continent called Pangaea.  Over millions of years this huge continent broke apart, shaping the landscape as we know it today.

The cradle of mankind, ancient ancestral hominids first appeared in Africa more than 3-4+ million years ago; anatomically modern human beings migrated in several waves from here more than 200,000 years ago.   The first great civilization, Egypt, arose from Africa’s humble origins.  All of humanity– all of us, you and I, we– likely descend from this very place.

It’s also home to the world’s largest and shyest primate (the gorilla), the largest land mammal (the African elephant), and the fastest and the tallest animals (the cheetah and giraffe)– among its 3,700 unique species.  It is where the largest reptile, the Nile crocodile, resides.

Straddling the equator, Africa is the only continent to extend from the northern temperate zone to the southern temperate zone, laying claim to being the hottest continent on the planet.

afirca victoria fallsAfrica has the longest river in the world, the Nile, meandering along for 4,132 miles.  The world’s largest desert, the Sahara, is almost the size of the United States.  Victoria Falls, Africa’s largest waterfall, is 355 feet high and one mile wide.

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the continent, towers above 19,300 feet.  It’s so tall that glaciers can be found at its summit– even though the mountain is near the equator.

What a long strange trip it’s been:  Out of Africa and Into the Wild.  We’re fortunate to be here in this diverse world, a beautiful planet, living, breathing, and dancing for a brief evolutionary moment.

Let’s hope we don’t wear out our welcome.

Devin Graham’s high-def video is best seen at the full-screen setting.  You might also enjoy his ‘Children of Africa’ video, too, one of our favorites.

Giving us a special glimpse into an extraordinary place, he and his girl describes their mighty-white-of-you Mogambo experiences in Kenya, below, along with some stunning visuals and an absurd breakfast on the Maasai Mara savannah.

 

 

Please spread the word.  Share this– and all of our posts– with others, and friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  We appreciate and thank you for reading, and for giving us a little push in the right direction.

2 Responses to “Into the Wild: Africa”

  1. Tonto says:

    Large thumbs up for this!

  2. Jim McAvoy says:

    This is a good article and film clip about Afirca, thanks for sharing the informative information. I’ll visit frequently for newer posts.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks


Leave a Reply

HumSentinel on Twitter

RSS Progressive Review

  • What's happening
    Rahm Emanuel cuts workers' pensionsThe number of uninsured Americans fell by 6.8 million over the first two quarters of 2014, preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey show. Some 12.2 percent of Americans were uninsured in the first six months of 2014, the CDC data show, a 2.2 percentage-poin […]
  • US dramatically increased military attacks after Cold War
    Popular Resistance - The United States has been one of the most aggressive military countries throughout our history. Now we know, based on research from the Congressional Research Service, that a dramatic escalation of military actions, “notable deployments of U.S. military forces overseas,”  has occurred since the end of the Cold War. Many US foreign polic […]
  • Did CIA torture violate Nuremberg ban on human experimentation?
    McClatchy -  CIA health professionals may have committed war crimes by collecting and analyzing data on brutally interrogated detainees in potential violation of U.S. and international bans on research on human subjects without their consent, a human rights organization said Tuesday. Physicians for Human Rights called on President Barack Obama and Congress t […]
  • The head of the Cleveland police union actually said this
    Talking Points Memo - The head of the Cleveland Police Patrolman Union on Monday got into a tense on-air debate, calling the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice "justified" and arguing the child was "absolutely" a threat to the officer who shot him.In an interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber, the union president Jeffrey Follmer criticized […]
  • The latinoization of American politics
    Sam Smith - The population chart above, from the University of Southern California, gives one reason why Barack Obama may have become so interested in latino issues. Latinos (dark gray, upper right) are on their way to becoming major players on the American political scene as the historic major minority - blacks - lag behind. While the immigration issue is o […]
  • Race to the bottom:Policies
    The worst, based on actions, stats & statements over the past yearMid East policies NSA spying Common Core Corporate personhood War on drugs Austerity budgeting    […]
  • War crimes enthusiast of the day
    Bill Kristol told Newsmax TV host Steve Malzberg  that Republicans should emulate Dick Cheney’s recent media tour in defense of the agency’s treatment of detainees. According to Kristol, CIA detainees didn’t experience “real torture” and merely endured “unpleasant” interrogation that “you recover from and seems to have no lasting effects at all.” […]
  • "Interview" to arrive in North Korea by balloon
     Hollywood Reporter - Whether or not North Korea is behind the Sony hack, Kim Jong Un better brace himself because The Interview is headed to his country. Human rights activists are planning to airlift DVDs of the Seth Rogen comedy into the country via hydrogen balloons.Fighters for a Free North Korea, run by Park Sang Hak, a former government propagandist w […]
  • Executions in US hit 20 year low
    McClatchy - The number of executions in the United States hit a 20-year low in 2014, according to a report issued Thursday.The 35 executions this year, the fewest since 1994, marked a continued decline in the ultimate sanction. The 72 new death sentences in 2014 were likewise the lowest number in the modern era of the death penalty, dating back to 1974.Death […]
  • Word
    […]
  • Study; Slower population growth would reduce climate change
    A new research paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research  offers more evidence that slower population growth could significantly reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. The paper, “The Consequences of Increased Population Growth for Climate Change” by economist David Rosnick, finds that that an additional 1 percentage point of popul […]
  • More evidence that ranked choice voting works
    Fair Vote - This year, Virginia’s Arlington County Democratic Committee successfully implemented ranked choice voting (which they refer to as instant runoff voting), to select nominees for three special elections.The ACDC decided to make the switch for two primary reasons  - to ensure the nomination of a consensus winner and to encourage positive campaigning […]
  • Pocket paradigms
    I thought the truth would set us free. Instead it just seems to have made us lethargic.- Sam Smith […]
  • Word
    Life is not being dealt a good hand but playing a poor hand well -- Robert Lewis Stevenson […]
  • What's happening
    New York cops shoot and kill many fewer people than cops in the rest of the country. And fatal shootings by the NYPD have fallen significantly over the years.The Urban Death Project, a nonprofit group founded in 2011 by architect Katrina Spade, proposes human composting as an alternative to human burial, which requires overcrowded, unsustainable cemeteries. […]