What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXVIII

Published September 4, 2015
China Military Parade Soldiers

Image Source: The Atlantic

Front Row At China’s Awe-Inspiring Military Parade

China Military Parade Air Show

Image Source: The Atlantic

Spectacle and sheer size of an awe-inspiring scale are two things that China can certainly bring to the table. The military parade the country held yesterday, commemorating the end of World War II, could very well be its most impressive performance yet. 12,000 troops, 500 pieces of military hardware, 200 aircraft of various types, and god knows how many spectators (as well as Vladimir Putin) were on hand for this dazzling display of synchronization and military might. Take a front row seat at The Atlantic.

China Military Parade Band

Image Source: The Atlantic

Stopping Elephant Poaching–And Joseph Kony–At The Same Time

Elephants Herd Aerial

Poaching has been curbed in Chad’s Zakouma National Park, but rebuilding the park’s herd, now at 450, will take years. Image Source: www.nationalgeographic.com

Most of us would like to see the end of elephant poaching. And most of us would like to see the end of African terrorist Joseph Kony. But what most of us might not realize is that stopping one might just stop the other. For years, Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army have contributed to the slaughter of about 30,000 African elephants annually. And with illegal ivory a very hot commodity (carved tusks can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars in China), Kony can then fund much of his group’s terrorist activities. Join the fight to stop both poaching and Kony at National Geographic.

African Soldiers Guns Horses

Rangers practice their riding skills at Zakouma National Park, in Chad. The park has four mounted ranger teams because horses are the only way to effectively patrol during the wet season, when the elephants head to drier land outside the park. Image Source: www.nationalgeographic.com

Elephant Bones Mud

In May 2013 poachers with the insurgent group Seleka massacred 26 elephants at Dzanga Bai, a mineral-rich watering hole in CAR. Image Source: www.nationalgeographic.com

Abstract Modern Art Or Aerial Photography?

Colorful Microalgae Hawaii

Growing pools containing various species of microalgae at a Cyanotech facility in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Cyanotech uses microalgae to develop products for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Image Source: The Washington Post

While aerial photography can certainly be both beautiful and surreal, perhaps, more than anything, it’s useful in revealing the affects we’ve had on our planet. We carve the earth into everything from farms and ponds to ski trails and music festival sites. We leave a mark that is thoroughly bizarre, sometimes harmful and sometimes benign, across this planet. From the massive moonscape of Burning Man to the utterly alien crop circles of Saudi Arabia, discover the view from above at The Washington Post.

Irrigation Circles Saudi Arabia

Center-pivot irrigation at Wadi As-Sirhan Basin in Saudi Arabia. With this type of irrigation, crops are watered from a single point outward in a circle, creating circular crop patterns Image Source: The Washington Post

Australia Mine Orange Red

Olympic Dam Mine, Australia. The vivid colors are the result of the various metals (like copper and uranium) extracted from the mine. Image Source: The Washington Post

John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society of history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.