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Ukraine
Conflict Accelerates in Crimea
Increasingly frequent explosions in Russian military installations in occupied Crimea signal a shift in focus for Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian invasion. Crimea was seized by Russian forces in 2014 in response to the downfall of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich and was formally annexed into Russian territory, a move not recognized by most world governments. It has since served as a staging ground for the invasion of southern Ukraine. Blasts at the Russian airbase at Saky sent nearby sunbathing Russian tourists scrambling, and shortly thereafter, the bridge over the Kerch strait was packed with vehicles returning to Russia from Crimea. Subsequent blasts in the territory, while not formally claimed by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, have been accompanied with messages to Russians in Crimea to find alternative places to vacation and for residents of Crimea to avoid areas near Russian military. 

This map depicts locations in Russian-occupied Crimea that have seen explosions at military installations, which are believed to be the work of the Ukrainian military fighting the Russian invasion. Click on the map to learn more.
Graphic Source: Barron's
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United States
Heat Belt Predictions
A new study by First Street Foundation is raising the alarm at the increasing possibility of a large swath of the central United States experiencing one day or more of extreme heat per year by 2053. The study defines extreme heat as a heat index of 125°F (52°C) - which combines the base temperature with the impact of humidity on heat perception. The largest predicted zone runs from the Gulf coasts of Louisiana and eastern Texas in the south up through the southeastern areas of the Great Plains and the southern tip of Lake Michigan over to the Ohio River Valley in the north. The study is intended to help mitigation efforts in addressing the challenges presented by extreme heat to human health and infrastructure, such as enhancement of the energy grid to support greater use of air conditioning.

This map depicts the areas of the United States predicted to face extreme heat events of a heat index of 125°F (52°C) by the year 2053, as projected by the First Street Foundation's new study. Click on the map to learn more.
Graphic Source: Springfield News-Ledger
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Spain
Spanish "Stonehenge" Exposed
Spain’s devastating drought has caused a Spanish “Stonehenge” to reemerge for the fourth time. Officially called the Dolmen of Guadalperal, it is believed to have existed since 5000 BC. It was first discovered by German archaeologist Hugo Obermaier in 1926, but was eventually covered by water from the Valdecanas reservoir in 1963, as part of a rural development project under Francisco Franco’s dictatorship. This year, the water in the reservoir has dropped to 28% capacity. Dolmens are vertically arranged stones that are usually supporting a flat boulder. There are many across Western Europe, however little is known about who created them, with some theories holding that they are tombs.

This map depicts the location of the Spanish "Stonehenge" on a plot of land in Huelva, Spain. Click on the map to learn more.
Further Reading: NBC, ABC, Reuters, Independent
Graphic Source: The Local
 
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Yesterday's Answer
Q: Thanks to a series of about 50 small eruptions in early 2021, which volcano grew by about 100 feet in elevation? (Hint: It’s the highest and most active volcano in Europe!) 

A: Mount Etna, Italy
Mount Etna is located on the east coast of the island of Sicily, atop the subduction boundary of the African and Eurasian plates. Etna’s morphology continues to shift over time as the volcano’s deposits alter the summit area. In 2021, lava and pyroclastic materials accumulated from the series of eruptions and piled onto the rim of the southeastern crater, the highest point of the volcano, raising its elevation to 11,013 ft (3,357 m), the highest elevation of Mount Etna in recorded history. The extremely active volcano’s eruptions come in the form of short, violent bursts, and produce enough lava each year to fill up the Willis Tower in Chicago. Although Mount Etna is highly active, small villages still exist at the foot of the mountain, with Etna feeding their economic dependency. The lower slopes are marked by fertile and rich vineyards, olive groves, and citrus plantations, with some densely populated settlements such as Catania found here.  

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Q: What is the only river in Europe to have a national trail following its entire length?
 
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