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TanoCalvenoa
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Hello, I am a writer, geographer, artist, juggler, guitarist, and happily married father of four children. I am a Southern California native, although now live in central Utah, having moved in June 2016.
I have a bachelor's degree in geography and have primarily worked for map companies, designing and creating folding map products for locations around the world. 
Since 2012 I have written articles online, mostly on science topics. I love nature, love to be outdoors, and very much enjoy sharing my love of the natural sciences with the world. My favorite subjets are physical geography, volcanology, seismology, paleontology, zoology, and astronomy.

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Entertainment
by TanoCalvenoa
6 months ago
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Five Examples of Bad Science in Movies

Movies are infamous for being unrealistic. And science fiction movies are infamous for unrealistic science. This article takes a look at five popular movies, four of which are in the science fiction genre and one of which is not, and explains why the science is bad.

Technology
by TanoCalvenoa
9 months ago
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Tree Species Known to Exceed 300 Feet (90 Meters) in Height

Six species of tree are known that can exceed 300 feet (90 meters) in height, all of which are located in either western North America or southeastern Australia and Tasmania. These two locations are indisputably home to the largest trees on our planet.

Technology
by TanoCalvenoa
1 year ago
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Active Volcano in Southern California: Salton Buttes

Does Southern California have any volcanoes? The answer is yes. There is one near the Salton Sea that the USGS has rated as a high risk of a future eruption. Called the Salton Buttes, this is Southern California's only active volcano.

Lifestyle
by TanoCalvenoa
1 year ago
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How to Deal With Skunks

Skunks are infamous for spraying a substance as a defense that is amongst the most horrible and awful things you could ever smell. There are specific things to know about what to do should you encounter one, and what to do if you're ever sprayed.

Technology
by TanoCalvenoa
1 year ago
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Arizona's Two Active Volcanoes

The state of Arizona has two active volcanoes that are expected to erupt again sometime. They are the Uinkaret Volcanic Field north of the Grand Canyon, in the northwest corner of the state, and the San Francisco Volcanic Field near the city of Flagstaff, part of which is Sunset Crater Volcanic National Monument.

Technology
by TanoCalvenoa
1 year ago
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How Hawaiian Volcano Hualalai is a Potential Threat to Honolulu

Geologists have identified locations around the world where tsunamis could theoretically unleash massive amounts of damage. Some of these locations are not well known. One is the city of Honolulu, Hawaii, which is potentially threatened by future eruptions of a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island named Hualalai.

Technology
by TanoCalvenoa
1 year ago
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The Three Largest Active Volcanoes on Earth

The three largest active volcanoes in the world are Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in the Hawaiian Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, and Mount Teide in the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean. They are all massive shield volcanoes, and two are considered to be amongst the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.

Technology
by TanoCalvenoa
1 year ago
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The Longest-Living Animals on Earth

It is well-known that tortoises can outlive humans. However, it is less well known that there are some animals that live longer than tortoises. Much longer.

Entertainment
by TanoCalvenoa
1 year ago
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Tyrannosaurus Rex: The Real Animal Versus the Movie Version

Tyrannosaurus rex is the indisputably most famous dinosaur ever, with fossils first discovered in 1905. Over more than a century many movies have shown T. rex, and the depictions have changed as more has become known about correct posture, etc. Even the most accurate movies made more recently however do not yet show T. rex according to what scientists know about this massive ancient reptile.

Travel & Places
by TanoCalvenoa
1 year ago
Active Hawaiian Volcano: Haleakala on Maui

The Hawaiian Islands are well known for the volcanoes of the Big Island, especially massive Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, and constantly-erupting (since 1983) Kilauea. However, one other massive volcano considered active and a threat for future eruptions is Haleakala on the island of Maui. A road takes visitors to the very top of the mountain, although preparation is necessary due to altitude and cool temperatures.

Technology
by TanoCalvenoa
1 year ago
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California's Massive Long Valley Caldera and Other Nearby Volcanoes

Long Valley Caldera in California is one of the largest volcanoes on Earth. In the area are several other volcanoes as well, and all of them are expected to eventually erupt again. Long Valley Caldera had a massive eruption 760,000 years ago - and a repeat can't be ruled out.

Travel & Places
by TanoCalvenoa
2 years ago
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Dealing with Extreme Heat: Lessons Learned in California's Deserts

Extreme heat, such as what's found in the deserts in California during the summer months, can be very dangerous. There are specific strategies that are essential to know if you live in such areas, of if you are visiting or passing through, that will minimize the chances of developing heat-related illnesses.

Travel & Places
by TanoCalvenoa
2 years ago
The Last Remaining Genetically Pure American Bison Herds

American bison nearly went extinct in the late 19th Century, although today have largely recovered and number in the hundreds of thousands. More than 95% of bison today have genes from cattle, and only a few wild herds are left that are genetically pure.

History
by TanoCalvenoa
2 years ago
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Mount Tambora in 1815: Largest Volcanic Eruption of the Past 10,000 Years

In 1815 the world experienced a rare event. A volcanic eruption in Indonesia from Mount Tambora was so large that only a few come close to its size in the past 10,000 years. It is by far the largest eruption to have occurred in modern times, and had worldwide effects that resulted in hundreds of lives lost. The certainty that similar events will eventually occur again serve as motivation to prepare for all manner of possible disasters, natural or manmade. One event could change everything forever.

Technology
by TanoCalvenoa
2 years ago
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Active Volcanoes of New Mexico, USA

New Mexico has several volcanoes that are expected to erupt again someday. One of them, Valles Caldera, had two eruptions 1.15 and 1.47 million years ago that were so large that since then, only six eruptions have occurred worldwide that were as large or larger. Scientists know this volcano will erupt again eventually, and they can't rule out the possibility of another massive eruption.

History
by TanoCalvenoa
2 years ago
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Mount Tarawera Volcano in New Zealand and Its Huge Effect upon Human History

In the year 1315 a devastating famine struck Europe that killed millions, weakening the population and making the continent susceptible to the Black Death just a few decades later. The most likely cause of the famine has been determined to be a massive eruption from Mount Tarawera, a volcano in New Zealand, which is also responsible for an infamously deadly eruption in 1886.

Lifestyle
by TanoCalvenoa
2 years ago
The Best Tortilla Chips and Guacamole Ever

Tortilla chips and guacamole can be made at home that are far superior to store bought varieties, and also far less expensive. The best tortilla chips use sprouted corn tortillas if you can obtain them, and they are very healthy if you use the right oils for cooking. Guacamole is also one of the healthiest things you can eat.

Technology
by TanoCalvenoa
2 years ago
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Active Volcanoes of Utah, USA

Starting at the north rim of Arizona's Grand Canyon there is a series of volcanic fields, several of which are active, extending northward into Utah. Two of the volcanic fields that are active are located in Utah, and one erupted just a few hundred years ago - very short by geological standards.

Technology
by TanoCalvenoa
2 years ago
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Geology vs Geography: What's the Difference?

Geology and geography are two sciences that overlap and have similar names, and the two are often confused by the general public. Knowing more specifically what each one is can help to keep the two terms and their definitions straight.

Travel & Places
by TanoCalvenoa
2 years ago
Oregon's Beautiful Three Sisters Volcanoes

Oregon is home to a portion of the Cascades Mountain Range, which has many active volcanic peaks. One of the most famous volcanoes is called the Three Sisters, which are three separate peaks close together. They each tower over 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) elevation, and the southernmost is closely watched due to high potential for an eruption.

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