Earth changes - page 324


70 percent of beaches eroding on Hawaiian islands Kauai, Oahu, and Maui

An assessment of coastal change over the past century has found 70 percent of beaches on the islands of Kaua'i, O'ahu, and Maui are undergoing long-term erosion, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and University of Hawai'i (UH) report. Scientists from the

May 11, 2012


Ice melting on Lake Baikal

For several months each year, Russia’s Lake Baikal is covered by a thick layer of ice. Formation begins in late-December, and by mid-January the entire lake is usually blanketed. Come spring, the lake begins its long, slow melt. Patches of open water usually appear

May 10, 2012

pago volcano new britain 2002 USGS

Active volcanoes in the world: May 2 – May 8, 2012

This report covers active volcanoes recorded from May 2 – May 8, 2012 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria. New unrest has been noticed around 5 volcanoes, ongoing activity was reported for 8 volcanoes.BATU TARAKomba Island (Indonesia) 7.792°S, 123.579°E; summit

May 10, 2012

kilauea may 6 2012

Lava surges with increased pressure from Kilauea, Hawaii

Kīlauea's lava flows have surged in activity on the coastal plain accompanying inflation at the summit, though following by about 24 hours. This activity is farther from the ocean than before, relatively close to the base of the pali but moving quickly across cooling

May 09, 2012


Drought hits Angola's farms

A drought is threatening Angola's already modest food production, in a setback for efforts to revive once-vibrant farmlands abandoned during decades of war. The dry season that normally lasts only about three weeks in December has stretched to three months in parts of

May 09, 2012

8_8 earthquake 2010 chile Building destroyed in Concepción

Unique insight into Chile's coastal ecosystem before and after 2010 earthquake

Natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis are expected to have substantial ecological effects, but if researchers don't have enough data about the environment before the disaster strikes, as is usually the case, it is difficult to quantify these

May 08, 2012

Pelican Die Off Peru

Large animal die-offs along Peruvian coast

Hundreds of birds and dolphins have been washing up dead along the Peru coast, and this has government officials looking for causes. At least 1,200 birds, mostly pelicans, have been found dead in recent weeks along a stretch of Pacific coast in northern Peru, the

May 08, 2012


Retreating sea ice around Alaska sign of advancing spring

Over the winter of 2011–2012, the extent of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean was slightly below the 1979–2000 average, but conditions in the Bering Sea were different. There, sea ice extents were well above normal, reaching a record high in March 2012. Two factors

May 07, 2012


Ash on snow from Shiveluch volcano on Kamchatka Peninsula, eastern Russia

As part of the Pacific Volcanic Ring, the remote and beautiful Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia holds more than 300 volcanoes, and twenty-nine of them are currently active. Of all the volcanoes on Kamchatka, Shiveluch is the most active – indeed, it is one of

May 06, 2012

mt curry eruption on april 27 2012

New volcano eruption in the South Sandwich Islands at Mt Curry, Zavodovski Island

A new eruption on the remote Zavodovski Island in the South Sandwich island chain was detected by NASA's Aqua satellite on  April 27, 2012.The satellite picture shows a plume originating from the island's active crater known as Mt Curry, or sometimes also referred

May 04, 2012


50 000 fish found dead in pond near Shenzhen, China

Over 50 thousand fish in a pond near an industrial area in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen died overnight on Monday, CRI Online reports.The dead fish are mostly concentrated in the northern corner of the pond, and half of the body of water is now covered with

May 04, 2012

Soufriere Hills_Volcano_Montserrat

Active volcanoes in the world - April 25 - May 1, 2012

This report covers active volcanoes recorded from April 25 – May 1, 2012 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria. New unrest has been noticed around 5 volcanoes, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes.BATU TARAKomba Island (Indonesia) 7.792°S, 123.579°E;

May 03, 2012

Sumatran elephant 1 1

Sumatran elephant found poisoned by humans in Indonesia

Environmental organization WWF called on the government Wednesday to investigate the death of a critically endangered Sumatran elephant allegedly poisoned at an Indonesian oil palm plantation. A ranger at the plantation in Krueng Ayon village, Sampoiniet subdistrict,

May 02, 2012

mount lokon volcano indonesia

Mount Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi erupted again on May 1, 2012

Mount Lokon, stratovolcano in North Sulawesi (Indonesia) erupted again at 11:55 a.m. local time on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.The latest eruption was larger in magnitude compared to the eruption last Wednesday but local residents were more prepared.The eruption was

May 02, 2012

iss030e174652_lrg 1

White Sands dust storm

Dust from the White Sands dune field in New Mexico rises thousands of feet from the valley floor and drifts over the snowy peaks of the Sacramento Mountains driven by southwesterly winter winds. White Sands National Monument lies in the 50 kilometer (31 mile) wide

April 30, 2012

towers lit Washington DC_Mike Par

Millions of birds die each year at communication towers

More than 6 million birds die every year as they migrate from the United States and Canada to Central and South America, according to a new study published in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The birds are killed by the 84,000 communication towers that dot North

April 30, 2012


Flooding on the Arabian Peninsula

Torrential rains caused flooding in parts of Saudi Arabia and Oman in mid- to late April 2012. News reports blamed the floods for damaged buildings, washed out roads, 18 deaths, and about 12 people missing. As of April 21, police and air force personnel were engaged in

April 29, 2012