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Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot… Not: Coral Reefs

Coral reefs suffered record losses as a consequence of high ocean temperatures in the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean in 2005 according to the most comprehensive documentation of basin-scale bleaching to date. Collaborators from 22 countries report that more than 80 … Continue reading

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Biodiversity: Care About It or It Will Be Angry

We often think of declines in biodiversity – an animal here, a plant there, either extirpated from one local or extinct altogether – as a tragedy for the environment. The loss of biodiversity — from beneficial bacteria to charismatic mammals … Continue reading

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Solar Activity and How Earth Feels About It

On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big. It … Continue reading

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Minarales!

Let’s get mineral, mineral. I wanna get mineral. I wanna have a little chat about minerals. What sparked the idea for this blog was that I thought asbestos as a gas that was poisonous to forms of life. This was … Continue reading

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The Bridge Over the River Kwai

Everybody loves a good river whether your fishing, napping or having a nice little picnic, rivers are always an attraction and the following are some of the nicest wet spots on the map. Rivers irrigate crops which is necessary for … Continue reading

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Just Gulfing, Gulfing

If you have taken Environmental Science then you know what a hypoxic zone is. If you haven’t then it’s also known as a dead zone because it can no longer support life. The Gulf of Mexico is one of these … Continue reading

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Preserved in Tar Pits

The La Brea Tar Pits (or Rancho La Brea Tar Pits) are a famous cluster of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed, in the urban heart of Los Angeles. Asphalt or tar (brea in Spanish) has seeped up … Continue reading

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