Coral Reefs Current Events
Rigs to Reef|
December 8, 2013 | Royal Dutch Shell / Gulf of Mexico Foundation
“The Shell-funded “Rigs to Reef: Towers of Life” film explores how offshore oil and natural gas platforms can double as important habitat for fish and marine life.” Quoted from the Royal Dutch Shell press release.
Sea Level Rise and Maldivian Atols|
October 11, 2013 | Exeter
“The continued accumulation of sand within the iconic ring-shaped reefs inside Maldivian atolls could provide a foundation for future island development new research suggests. Islands like the Maldives are considered likely to be the first to feel the effects of climate change induced sea level rise, with future island growth essential to counter the threat of rising sea levels.” Quoted from the press release by the University of Exeter.
White Plague in the Caribbean|
September 25, 2013 | Oregon State
They call it the “white plague,” and like its black counterpart from the Middle Ages, it conjures up visions of catastrophic death, with a cause that was at first uncertain even as it led to widespread destruction on marine corals in the Caribbean Sea.
Coral Dispersion Simulation|
September 11, 2013 | University of Miami
“A new computer simulation has revealed the epic, ocean-spanning journeys traveled by millimeter-sized coral larvae through the world’s seas. It is the first to recreate the oceanic paths along which corals disperse globally, and will eventually aid predictions of how coral reef distributions may shift with climate change.” Quoted from the University of Miami press release.
Many Types of Sand|
September 10, 2013 | Geology.com
Most people are familiar with the tan or white silica sand that they see at the beach. However, sand is a much more diverse material as this photo gallery reveals.
A Large Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico?|
June 20, 2013 | USGS
“Scientists are expecting a very large “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico and a smaller than average hypoxic level in the Chesapeake Bay this year, based on several NOAA-supported forecast models.” Quoted from the USGS Newsroom.
February: Most Popular News Items|
March 1, 2013 | Geology.com
The India-Asia Collision (MIT News)
Earth Flyby Reality Check (NASA)
68,000-Year Record of Greenhouse Gases (NSF)
Meteoroid Explodes Over Russia – Hundreds Injured (CNN)
What is Killing the Coral? (NSF)
Underwater Logging (Takepart.com)
Ancient Eruptions and Global Warming (Climate Central)
What is Killing the Coral?|
February 15, 2013 | National Science Foundation
Elkhorn coral and 65 other species of reef-building corals were recently proposed for “endangered species” designation. Researchers are working to understand why these corals are disappearing from the Florida Keys and other locations.
|Every day you can find links to several earth science news topics right here.
Bookmark this page and visit often. You can also receive our news for free by RSS feed or in a daily email message.
|Homeowners Insurance usually does not cover damage caused by floods, landslides, earthquakes and other geohazards.|
|Frac Sand is a high-purity silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing to enhance the flow of oil and gas from tight rock units.|
|Diamonds from Coal? Diamonds form under a variety of conditions that rarely involve coal as a source of carbon.|
|Fluorescent Minerals glow with spectacular colors when illuminated in the dark with an ultraviolet lamp.|
|Helium is a byproduct of the natural gas industry. Its most important use is in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.|
|Utica Shale: New wells in eastern Ohio prove that the Utica Shale will be a major source of natural gas and natural gas liquids.|
|Spectacular Fossils of the Green River Formation. Some of the world's best-preserved fossil fish from an intermountain lake. |
|Opals: Gem quality opal is one of the most spectacular gemstones. A single stone can flash with every color of the spectrum.|