Curiosity Cabinet

Three Things I’m Curious About This Week #42

One of my favourite places, Klikuk Lake (Spotted Lake) is a lake in British Columbia’s Interior where mineral deposits form large, colourful “spots” in the water. A sacred Indigenous site, it is currently owned by the Okanagan Nation Alliance.

A lake is nestled among brown hills. The surface of the lake has an irregular polkadot pattern with coloured circles amidst a whitish background.
Spotted Lake by Kevin He, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This post, which outlines the cost of materials and labour that went into making clothing like the Stone Age Lendbreen Tunic. Estimated cost in today’s dollars? $38,000.

A brown, coarsely woven shirt that is torn and frayed at the sleeves.
Lendbreen’s Tunic. Photo by Marianne Vedeler, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Movile Cave in Romania, which has been sealed off from the surface of the Earth for 5.5 million years and has evolved an ecological system that is dependent on chemosynthesis (rather than photosynthesis) to sustain life.

A scientist wearing a headlamp crouches in a small alcove in a cave and processes data samples.
Scientists collect data in Movile Cafe. Photo via Gess Lab.