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National Park Mystery Photo 46: Shallow Water





In which unit of the National Park System was this photo taken, and what does it depict?

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The atomic clocks used to record Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) are hyper-accurate, but not quite accurate enough. To maintain the globe's official standard time, "leap seconds" must be added during leap years (years divisible by four, unless divisible by 100 and NOT by 400).  The next leap second will be added at one second before midnight on June 30, 2012.  As a consequence, clocks recording UTC time on that date will display 23:59:59 for two seconds instead of just one.


It’s the name of one of my dearly departed dogs, Cirro Nimbus, sometimes affectionately called Cirro Nimbicile : )  She was half Australian shepherd and half Border collie, so picture half black with white spots and half white with black spots – including one large and perfectly shaped heart spot right on her butt.  She looked very much a rain cloud.  I know I know, there is no such thing as a cirro cloud, but Cirro just rolled off the tongue much more smoothly than Cirrus, IMHO.  Don’t you just love the intersection of art and science?

That's it, cirronimbus.  Good work.  BTW, where did "cirronimbus" come from? There's no such cloud type, so maybe it's an inside joke or something?

Paul Beck has solved it too. Nicely done.

Actually, Mizzou Bluke, I got my last ticket punched at the University of Illinois and the two before that at Western Michigan University.

You've got the park, cirronumbus, and now you just need to tighten up the rest of it. Hint:  there is no snow in this scene.

Sorry, Katie - not Death Valley.

Death Valley national park!

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