Archive for the ‘Oceans’ Category

Lost beach

As I sat and watch the Mississippi river during the latest round of floods here in Missouri this past spring, I’m reminded how no matter what humans do to the river (i.e. dams, levies, etc…) when she wants something, mother nature just goes and takes it.

In this case, it was a beach on Achill Island, located off the coast of Ireland in 1984. Then suddenly it was returned this past April. You can read about it in the article entitled “Lost Irish beach returns after 33 years: A freak tide just returned more than 1,000 feet of sand wiped out by a brutal winter storm on Achill Island” by Michael d’Estries over at Mother Nature Network.

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Green Librarian

Orcas & great whites

So for a reason unknown to scientist, at least three great white corpses have washed up on the shores of South Africa recently, all with their livers removed and with Orcas believed to be the culprits. This according to the article entitled “Are Orcas Killing Great White Sharks for Their Livers? Experts Stunned” by Pete Thomas over at GrindTV. Stay tuned to find out more about this mystery of the seas.

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Balloons

As a kid, I’m sure I enjoyed balloons as much as anyone but after I read the book Voyage of the Turtle by Carl Safina as both an adult and parent, I think I realized how harmful they are to nature. So seeing this article, entitled “Why Balloon Releases Need to Stop” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger only reinforced that thinking.

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Ocean blue

Okay, here’s another one of those articles which I am recommending that is over at the Wall Street Journal.  Unfortunately you will need either a subscription to the Journal online or you can hop on down to your local library and look for the Review Section of the March 11-12 weekend edition page C4.

The article is entitled “Why Is the Ocean Blue? We know that water is transparent and colorless, so what accounts for its color? Think of it as a big game of molecular pinball” by Helen Czerski. Another option however would be to check out her book Storm in a Teacup: The physics of everyday life , which came out last year. I just requested it myself.

Sail away!

   

Green Librarian

Cape Cod & great whites

I’ve been to Cape Cod only once and I have some really fond memories of the place. Now it sounds like great whites sharks like it too, at least according to the numbers. You can read about them in this article entitled “Cape Cod’s Great White Shark Population May Be Growing” by Stephanie Pappas over at Live Science. I would love to visit again!

Swimmingly-

   

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Lost Continent

It always amazes me what science is able to discover. In this case, it’s how they’re able to discover a piece of a lost continent under the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius through the discovery of a rock known as zircons. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never heard of it.

Anyway, the article is entitled “3-Billion-Year-Old ‘Lost Continent’ Lurking Under African Island” by Tia Ghose over at LiveScience. Reminds me, I need to go back and check out the book Roadside Geology of Missouri by Charles G. Spencer. Next stop, the library.

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Blue day

Okay, so it wasn’t a blue day today but that sort of leads me to the topic of my article (maybe two) on blue whales. The first article is entitled “How Do You Dismantle a 90-Ton Whale? Start With a Strong Stomach and a Machete: When the corpses of two blue whales floated into two Newfoundland seashore villages, it presented a rare research opportunity; ‘I was totally slimed’” by Jacquie McNish but unfortunately it’s over at the Wall Street Journal. Since that usually requires a subscription, may I suggest that you run over to your local library and read it? It’s in the January 2, 2017 issue.

The second article however, is free and entitled “11 facts about blue whales, the largest animals ever known to live on Earth by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. I must say, while the first article gives you lots of in-depth information, this second article is sort of the short and sweet version of whales.

Now if all else fails, you can also go to your library and check out the kids book entitled Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem by Mac Barnett (Author) and Adam Rex (Illustrator). Whew, that was a whale full!

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Green Librarian