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The Garbage Patch Misconceptions
June 13, 2013 | NOAA

“The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”—a purported island of trash twice the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean—receives a lot of media attention. [...] However, based on research we know that the name “garbage patch” is misleading and that there is no island of trash forming in the middle of the ocean.” Quoted from the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration article.


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Canary Island Landslides and Atlantic Ocean Tsunami Generation
December 17, 2013 | National Oceanography Centre
"The risk posed by tsunami waves generated by Canary Island landslides may need to be re-evaluated, according to researchers at the National Oceanography Centre. Their findings suggest that these landslides result in smaller tsunami waves than previously thought by some authors, because of the processes involved." Quoted from a National Oceanography Centre press release. Related: Atlantic Ocean Tsunamis

Salinity Mapping of the Oceans
February 28, 2013 | NASA
"Pulses of freshwater gush from the Amazon River's mouth; an invisible seam divides the salty Arabian Sea from the fresher waters of the Bay of Bengal; a large patch of freshwater appears in the eastern tropical Pacific in the winter. These and other changes in ocean salinity patterns are revealed by the first full year of surface salinity data captured by NASA's Aquarius instrument. Quoted from the NASA press release.

The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra
September 5, 2013 | YouTube
You will not believe the music that these kids can make with instruments fashioned out of barrels, boxes, pipes and wires picked from a trash dump in Paraguay. This is only connected to geology by its "waste disposal" theme, but you will be impressed.


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