Archive for the ‘Oceans’ Category

A road less traveled

So sticking to our theme here of roads, this article is more about a road on the ground this time and one that doesn’t last for long. To be honest with you, and according to the author’s as well, these roads have in fact never been found before.

Tonight’s article is entitled “First fossil trails of baby sea turtles found in South Africa by and  over at a website called The Conversation. Talk about being off road.

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Volcanoes

This story sort of takes me back to the days when my son was so into volcanoes. Up in fact, to the point where he (or should I say we) did a science fair project or two on them. Fast forward to today and needless to say, this article peaked my interest.

The article is entitled “Vast ‘pumice raft’ found drifting through Pacific Ocean” over at BBC News. In an interesting way, it reminds me of the last science fair project he (again we), did one on Devils  Tower. Looking to answer the age old question, what exactly is it? I know a lot of people think it’s the remnant of an ancient volcano.

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Early life on earth

I think it’s been ever since I read Richard Forte’s book Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind, where I became fascinated with how plants and animals have evolved over time. This article fits into that story well.

The article is entitled “Early life on Earth limited by enzyme” from University College London over at Science Daily. I also find it fascinating how this planet has changed along with them. Makes you wonder how those baby sea turtles have changed too?

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Windy days

So when we first moved here to where I live now, we had five trees but over time, one by one they’ve all gone. The first one lost a large branch in the wind, the next one died due to disease, then one split apart and fell on the house, while the next one (which was leaning towards the house) had to come down and finally, the last one was dying a slow death before being taken down.

One concerned me most about the last one was actually all the strong winds we’d had lately, which finally leads me to this article entitled “The Ocean’s Biggest Waves Are Getting Even Bigger” by Rafi Letzter over at LiveScience.

The article in fact got me to thinking that I’m wondering if the winds on land have also gotten stronger. I have to say, I don’t remember having wind advisories like we had this spring. Meanwhile, we’re planting our first new tree in a week or two. In the fall, I hope to plant at least one more.

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Whale jail

As someone who works in the judicial system, I found this article very sad and at the same time, a little hopeful when I read that Jean-Michael Cousteau (along with a gentleman named Charles Vinick from the Whale Sanctuary Project) were involved.

The article is entitled “Russia Says It Will Try to Free Almost 100 Whales Held in ‘Jail’” by Neil MacFarquhar and Ivan Nechepurenko over at the New York Times. I guess what I take from this, and what I wish for is, to keep hope alive.

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Ecosystems

So While I’m aware of ecosystems, and probably more of those on land, I must say I’ve never heard of a neuston. It is, as this article states, a zone that is just above and below the water’s surface.

The article is entitled “The neuston is a floating ocean ecosystem, and our plastic cleanup push could threaten it” by Starre Vartan  over at the Mother Nature Network. After reading the article, I realized I was sort of familiar with this ecosystem before, I just didn’t know it had a name.

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Land and sea

So about a month ago I wrote the post Mother earth’s main ingredients where I talked about what’s in our soil. Then I came across this article a few days ago, entitled “Scientists just discovered billions of organisms underneath the land and sea by Ilana Strauss over at Treehugger. Who knew!?

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