Wonder III

March 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” ― Neil Armstrong

 

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New Peak

New Peak

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“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” -John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914)

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New Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/new-peak-el-hijo/506070

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“Wonder is always difficult until you forgive whoever destroyed your love of surprises.”  –  Edmond Manning, King Perry

 

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Panamint Dunes

Panamint Dunes

http://www.summitpost.org/panamint-dunes/462687

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“The possibilities were endless. Battles would be fought. Wonders revealed. Many journeys. Many lands. Many joys. Many sorrows.

But stories all…”
― William Joyce, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

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Kraft Mountain

Kraft Mountain

http://www.summitpost.org/kraft-mountain-la-hija/506059

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“When you view your world exclusively through the lens of science, your prescription will never be strong enough.” – Jay Nichols

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Smith Mountain

Smith Mountain

http://www.summitpost.org/smith-mountain/683543

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“For thousands of years, it had been nature–and its supposed creator–that had had a monopoly on awe. It had been the icecaps, the deserts, the volcanoes and the glaciers that had given us a sense of finitude and limitation and had elicited a feeling in which fear and respect coagulated into a strangely pleasing feeling of humility, a feeling which the philosophers of the eighteenth century had famously termed the sublime.

But then had come a transformation to which we were still the heirs…. Over the course of the nineteenth century, the dominant catalyst for that feeling of the sublime had ceased to be nature. We were now deep in the era of the technological sublime, when awe could most powerfully be invoked not by forests or icebergs but by supercomputers, rockets and particle accelerators. We were now almost exclusively amazed by ourselves.” ― Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

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Icebox Peak

Icebox Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/icebox-peak/408611

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“Until the longing came again, like the longing that you hear in the whistle of a train that is going far away. But the longing isn’t really in the whistle, the longing is in you—for the wonder and the loveliness that is in the world, and everywhere.” ― Meindert DeJong, The Little Cow and the Turtle

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sawtooth mountain

sawtooth mountain

http://www.summitpost.org/sawtooth-mountain/606124

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“The Himalayas are the crowning achievement of the Indo-Australian plate. India in the Oligocene crashed head on into Tibet, hit so hard that it not only folded and buckled the plate boundaries but also plowed into the newly created Tibetan plateau and drove the Himalayas five and a half miles into the sky. The mountains are in some trouble. India has not stopped pushing them, and they are still going up. Their height and volume are already so great they are beginning to melt in their in their own self-generated radioactive heat. When the climbers in 1953 planted their flags on the highest mountain, they set them in snow over the skeletons of creatures that had lived in a warm clear ocean that India, moving north, blanked out. Possibly as much as 20,000 feet below the sea floor, the skeletal remains had turned into rock. This one fact is a treatise in itself on the movements of the surface of the earth.

If by some fiat, I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence; this is the one I would choose: the summit of Mount Everest is marine limestone.” ― John McPhee, Annals of the Former World

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