People using pineapples instead of Christmas trees!
November 12, 2017
This year, pineapples are making a comeback – as a replacement of Christmas trees.
People are saying goodbye to the traditional bauble embellished branches for large pineapples, decorated in fairy lights and ornaments.
Baubles are being hung from the head of the pineapple to create a Christmas tree effect – and we’ve got to admit, we’re in love with the idea.
Not only is it a super cheap alternative to Christmas trees, it’s more interesting than a tiny tree and both smells and tastes better. People have been taking to Instagram to debut their pineapple trees, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites.
An 8 year old named Roxy Getter has become the youngest girl to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro.
Roxy and her family, including her 10-year-old brother Ben, USA, tackled the 19,341-foot mountain earlier this month during a family vacation to Tanzania.
They had originally intended to sign up for a safari when a friend suggested they look into hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro.
The family has also never done an overnight camping trip before, and ended up spending nearly a week on the mountain.
Roxy spoke in a video on the day she completed the hike. “I made it up and that was hard. I was so tired. I could barely even walk,” she said. The same video shows their first day, where her mom Sarah comments that the tent was “a bit chilly.” The temperature was only seven degrees at the top.
MOUNT KILIMANJARO FACTS
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania.
It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level.
The first persons known to have reached the summit of the mountain were Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.
The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination.
A giant iceberg has broken away from Antartica after the enormous crack that scientists have been closely watching finally gave way.
The giant block is estimated to cover an area of roughly 6000 sq km, which is roughly three times the size of Stewart Island!
The crack was near to an important scientific research station, which was based at the Brunt Ice Shelf. The research station has had to move to a new location.
Now, the block of ice has broken away from the icy continent, forming one of the biggest icebergs that has ever been recorded, weighing a whopping TRILLION tonnes!
It is believed the iceberg finally broke away at some point between Monday and Wednesday.
It has not caught people by surprise though. Scientists have been monitoring the crack for more than 10 years and expected that this would happen at some point.
It will be important to see what happens to it now as it could get in the way of ships’ routes, depending where it travels to.
Chris Borstad, from the University Centre in Svalbard, says: “At this stage, we really don’t know whether there is some larger-scale process that might be weakening this zone, like ocean melting at the base of the shelf, or whether the current rift was just a random event that was bound to happen at some point.”
What happened: A massive ice berg has cracked and broken off the main ice land of Antarctica. The ice berg weighs a trillion tonne. It is the size of three Stewart Islands joined together. It has been starting to crack for the last 37 years and now has broken off. Scientists have been monitoring it for over 10 years. It could be a danger to boats travelling in the area and possibly animals swimming in the area too. My opinion: I think this is one massive ice berg that is so big that it is the size of three Stewart Islands joined together. I wonder how far it will float away and in what direction it will move? I wonder what caused it to crack? I wonder how deep the crack was before it broke off? I wonder if there were any people near it when it cracked? I wonder how close the scientists huts were before they moved them to the crack? I wonder if it will melt and then effect nearby islands. The melted water could come up the beach and cover houses and roads. This could be damaging for little islands near antarctica. I wonder how wide it is in meters? I wonder how many km it is long? I wonder how wide the crack was before it finally split from the main land? I wonder how fast it will travel? I wonder if things, creatures, animals that were alive thousands of years ago might be buried and preserved in the ice and if maybe when the ice melts I wonder if we might see them, and Ben thinks maybe they might come alive!!!! What would they look like? I wonder how high the water might get? I wonder how much damage could be caused by the rising water from the melted ice berg on the nearby islands?
Flooding has affected roads and prompted evacuations in towns and cities across the southeast of the South Island.
While the weather has now cleared, several states of emergency remain in place.
States of emergency and evacuations
States of emergency remain in place for the Otago region, including Dunedin and Waitaki, and for Christchurch and Selwyn. The state of emergency in Timaru has been lifted.
Residents have been warned to wash their hands if they come into contact with floodwaters, which are likely to be contaminated.
They have also been asked to limit water use that produces wastewater – such as flushing toilets or washing.
About 220 households were evacuated across the Otago region, including 100 homes in Outram, inland from Mosgiel.
Traffic and travel
A large landslip has cut off residents on the Otago Peninsula north of Harwood.
Many of the major roads in the far south were closed over the weekend. Most have reopened, but caution is still advised.
Were you affected by the floods?
In Nelson we just had very heavy rain.
In the south east of NZ there was a lot of flooding.
Facts about the flooding
flooding has been severe on the south east coast of the south island
rivers have burst their banks and flooded roads and houses
the king tide has caused a lot of damage
people have been evacuated from 220 houses
sand bags have been used to block the water
animals have been trapped against fences buried under water
horses were trapped on an island
the lewis pass was closed with heavy snow fall
people are getting sick from contaminated water.