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Tohoku earthquake critically affects world's mineral supplies

In addition to its other effects, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake that struck northeast Japan on March 11, 2011, will affect Japan’s and the world’s supply of some minerals, at least temporarily. Up to one-quarter of the world’s iodine and

April 04, 2011

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Wind and waves growing across the globe

The world has gotten stormier over the past two decades - and the reason is a mystery, a new study says. In the past 20 years, winds have picked up around 5 percent on average.Extremely strong winds caused by storms have increased even faster, jumping 10 percent over 20

April 04, 2011

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Massive solar disturbance & CME on Far-side of Sun

NASA twin STEREO spacecraft observed a spectacular coronal mass ejection launched from the vicinity of decaying sunspot 1176 on April 3rd around 0500 UT. The blast was not Earth directed. Nevertheless, there is a chance that the expanding cloud will deliver a glancing

April 04, 2011

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More storms, tropical depressions forecast for East Sea

This year the number of storms and tropical depressions that can directly hit Vietnam is forecast to number from 5 to 6, more than that of 2010. The stormy and rainy season will also start early, a senior weather expert said.There will have around 10-12 storms and

April 03, 2011

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Dike in North Sumatra collapses flooding more homes

As floods plague parts of Sumatra, Java and Papua, a river bank in North Sumatra has collapsed, flooding hundreds of homes with hundreds more facing potential flooding.The dike on Cucukan River in Tanjung Putus village, Padang Tualang sub-district, collapsed. Damage

April 03, 2011

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Cuban coastline receding up to 2.5 meters per year

Most of the 400 beaches of Cuba's territory are affected by erosion with a receding coastline estimated at 1.2 meters per year, according to a study by the Institute of Oceanology of the island. The research ratified "the widespread nature of the Cuban...

April 03, 2011

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2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season will be active, have more US landfalls

AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center meteorologists are predicting an active season for 2011 with more impact on the U.S. coastline than last year. The team is forecasting a total of 15 named tropical storms, 8 of which will attain hurricane status and 3 of which will

April 03, 2011

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Huge Ocean 'Frisbees' Whirl Off Brazil Coast

 Scientist found that spinning disks of water whirl like giant Frisbees in the ocean off Brazil, greatly affecting ships and climate.These huge clusters are born as the warm North Brazil Current moves northward along the northeastern coast of Brazil. This

April 03, 2011

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Californian frequent landslides sign of major geological change?

A major artery through southern Humboldt County was shut down on March 30 following a massive slide of mud and rocks, the California Highway Patrol said. Officials estimated that the stretch of Highway 101 could be closed for up to two weeks. Tons of debris tumbled

April 03, 2011

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Radiation in Japan Seas: Risk of Animal Death, Mutation?

In the past week, seawater samples taken near the nuclear power plant, on Japan's eastern coast, have shown elevated levels of radioactive isotopes, including cesium 137 and iodine 131. All life on Earth and in the oceans lives with exposure to natural levels of

April 02, 2011

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Glaciers growing on Mt.Shasta, Washington and Alaska

All seven glaciers on California’s Mount Shasta are growing. This includes Whitney Glacier, the state's largest. Three of them have doubled in size since 1950. Both the Hotlum and Wintun Glaciers have nearly doubled in size since 1950, says this article on

April 02, 2011

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Thailand Flooding Impacts Nearly One Million

In what should be one of the hottest, driest times of the year, rainfall totals of more than 50 inches within little more than a week have left swaths of southern Thailand under water. Nearly 1 million people have now been impacted by the recent flooding.At least 25

April 02, 2011

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Earth's gravity revealed in unprecedented detail

After just two years in orbit, ESA's GOCE satellite has gathered enough data to map Earth's gravity with unrivaled precision. Scientists now have access to the most accurate model of the 'geoid' ever produced to further our understanding of how Earth...

April 01, 2011

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New fissure opened at Almannagja, Iceland

A new fissure has opened in south part of Almannagjá on Iceland. It is not clear when this fissure started to form, but it looks to have formed in rather recent time. This fissure was discovered after a snow and frost started to thaw out of the ground in the last few

April 01, 2011

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Several tornadoes tore through Florida

Residents from Tampa to Lakeland are cleaning up after a rash of violent storms and tornadoes tore through the Sunshine State over the past two days. There were at least half a dozen reports of tornadoes along with numerous reports of damaging winds and hail on

April 01, 2011

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Scientists Discover San Andreas Fault's Soft Spot

New data from a deep borehole that crosses the San Andreas Fault shows that the monster earthquake-maker has a soft center – and it's made of clay. This is the first time researchers have been able to rule out other reasons for the San Andreas' unusual behavior in

March 31, 2011

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Meteor boom shakes New Zealand

A meteor's million-year journey through the solar system ended in the skies above New Zealand, casting a bright blue light and creating a sonic boom that was heard in Raglan.The lights caused by the meteor's entry into the earth's atmosphere about 11pm on Monday

March 30, 2011

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Heavy floods or sinking of Southern Thailand

Two airports closed, boat and south-bound train services suspended, and almost one million people affected as the flood in southern Thailand worsened. The death toll continues to climb. Since 23 March 2011 there has been a prolonged heavy rainfall causing flash floods

March 30, 2011

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Developing ozone hole approaches Scandinavia and Eastern Europe right now

An exceptionally large area of depleted ozone has formed over the North Pole, and scientists warn that it could settle over Scandinavia and Eastern Europe on 30-31 March.The fast-thinning Arctic ozone layer was first detected by an international network of over 30

March 29, 2011

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Mt. Sakurajima exploded - Volcanic ash alert issued

Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center issued an ash warning for Sakurajima Volcano which is considered ‘very dangerous’.Sakurajima (also spelled Sakurashima or Sakura-jima, 桜島 in Japanese) volcano in southern Kyushu is one of the most active volcanoes in the

March 29, 2011

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Dead spadefishes at Alabama, sei whale in Virginia

There had been reports of hundreds spadelfish washing up along three miles of the beaches at Alabama. There's still no cause for the hundreds of dead fish that were found dead along the gulf shores over the weekend. They were also found along the gulf state pier

March 29, 2011

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Caterpillars invasion in Probolinggo, East Java

Millions of caterpillars continued to invade all surroundings and attack houses of residents of seven villages in Probolinggo in East Java. Residents of  Sumber Bulu, Leces, Kedawung, Pondok Wulu, Tigasan, Malasan, and Kerpangan in Probolinggo, East Java in the past

March 28, 2011

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2011 arctic ice extent is down

The 2011 maximum extent of Arctic sea ice appears to be tied for the lowest amount in area since satellite measurements began 32 year ago.Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder said the maximum ice extent was 463,000 square miles below the 1979-2000

March 28, 2011

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Sandstorm moves across Arabian peninsula

A dense wall of dust barreled across the Arabian Peninsula on March 26 - 27, 2011. The massive storm stretches more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) across the peninsula, covering parts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. This pair of images...

March 28, 2011

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NASA kills off comet hunter "Stardust"

Stardust launched in 1999 and in 2004 became the first and so far only mission to collect samples of comet dust when it flew by comet Wild 2. Stardust made a side trip to asteroid Annefrank in 2002 on its way to comet Wild 2. The samples parachuted to Earth in a

March 28, 2011

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Our oceans are turning into plastic

Last month researchers from the 5 Gyres Institute in Santa Monica, California, and the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Long Beach, California, sailed into Piriápolis, Uruguay. They had just completed the third leg of the first expedition ever to study

March 28, 2011

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Report uncovers key trends In water resources research

Examining major trends in water research at the international, national and institutional levels, the report "Confronting the Global Water Crisis through Research - 2010", carried out by Elsevier, highlights the escalation in the article output of countries

March 27, 2011

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X24Europe exercise - two seismic events and tsunami in Adriatic Sea

X24 Europe is a virtual online exercise that demonstrates the use of social media, crowdsourcing, and collaboration tools in an innovative, cost-effective, cloud-computing environment. It fosters the information-flow and coordination of activities by the...

March 27, 2011

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Hundreds of dead starfish wash up on Talybont beach, UK

Several hundred dead starfish have been found washed up on a north Wales beach and it comes following the discovery at Talybont, between Harlech and Barmouth in Gwynedd. Authorities reveal that its common for starfish to be washed ashore during spring tides but it was

March 27, 2011

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Beetles swarm australian Gold Coast

The Australian tourist mecca of Surfers Paradise has been swarmed by thousands of beetles in a never-before-seen phenomenon that has stumped local scientists.The water beetle invasion captured on amateur YouTube footage shows the large black beetles swarming around

March 27, 2011

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Kuwait hit by Dust Storm tsunami

A menacing black dust storm hit the country at a speed of over 50 kms per hour Friday evening, plunging the country into complete darkness before sunset. The storm reduced visibility to almost zero in some areas of the country and disrupted mobile phone services for

March 26, 2011

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Meteotsunami hit Indian Morjim and Baga coastal region

The unusual flooding of Morjim and Baga beaches showed signs of respite on Thursday, but a tsunami expert said it may have been caused by a meteotsunami on the lines of a similar phenomenon in Kerala during the past decade. There were no strange meteorological...

March 26, 2011

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Few hopes to save the most threatened bird in the Middle East

The Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) is listed on the IUCN Red List as a “Critically Endangered” species on a global scale. It was rediscovered on a remote cliff of the Syrian desert in April 2002, following clues from local hunters and Bedouin nomads, in

March 26, 2011

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Scientists plan to drill all the way down to the Earth's mantle

Scientists are planning to drill all the way through the planet's miles-thick crust to Earth's deep, hot mantle and retrieve samples for the first time. The samples, they say, would rival moon rocks for sheer scientific import—and be nearly as hard to

March 25, 2011

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Discovery of new species of seabird, the first in 89 years

A new species of seabird has been hiding in plain sight in coastal Chile.The existence of the sparrow-sized black and white species of storm petrel was confirmed in February near the coastal community of Puerto Montt, Chile. This is the first new species of storm

March 25, 2011

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New fault discovered near Diablo Canyon nuke power plant

An unknown seismic fault has been detected on the ocean floor a half-mile from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The fault zone was detected more than two years ago by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey working with the

March 25, 2011

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First North Pole Ozone Hole Forming?

We reported earlier about ozone depletion in article Arctic May Face Record Loss of Ozone This Spring. Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany made new research where they saying that continuing

March 25, 2011

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Mud eruption in Ninh Thuan is defined as volcano mud

A mud eruption in the central province of Ninh Thuan is a normal geothermal phenomenon and is not dangerous, but a senior expert noted that the area is cursed with weak soil.Dr. Dinh Doan Lam, a senior official from the Institute for Geology of Vietnam, said that mud

March 24, 2011

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Flooding in Angola and Namibia

Heavy rains continued falling throughout parts of southern Africa in mid- and late March 2011. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) described flood-affected districts extending from Angola and Mozambique southward to South

March 22, 2011

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Southern Atlantic Subtropical storm Arani information

NASA's Aqua and TRMM satellites are providing data to scientists about the Southern Atlantic Ocean Sub-tropical Storm Arani, a rare occurrence in the southern ocean. Rainfall data and cloud top temperatures revealed some heavy rain and strong thunderstorms exist in

March 22, 2011