New volcano discovered in the oldest section of the Pacific Plate

New volcano discovered in the oldest section of the Pacific Plate

A new, petit-spot volcano was discovered in the oldest section of the Pacific Plate by researchers from Tohoku University led by associate professor Naoto Hirano of the Center for Northeast Asian Studies. Studying petit-spot volcanoes serves as a window into the…

Pacific Ocean off California coast turning into desert-like dead zone

Pacific Ocean off California coast turning into desert-like dead zone

It's anyone's guess why temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are heating up off the coast of Southern California. Is a natural El Niño effect occurring, or is there something more sinister happening under the blue ocean waters?Off the coast of California, dr

Marine mystery disease along Pacific Coast baffles scientists

Marine mystery disease along Pacific Coast baffles scientists

Sea stars up and down the Pacific Coast are dying off in record numbers, and scientists say they can't figure out what's going on. Reports indicate that in some areas of Washington State, for instance, upwards of 80 percent of the sea star population has vanishe

South Pacific islands running out of water

South Pacific islands running out of water

A state of emergency has been declared on the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu as stocks of drinking water dwindle following months of drought. Officials of the world’s fourth smallest nation have said that parts of the tropical atoll may have only a two-day supply of

Final Update Overview: NASA's UARS Re-enters Earth's Atmosphere

Final Update Overview: NASA's UARS Re-enters Earth's Atmosphere

NASA has released a new statement pinpointing the re-entry of the UARS satellite on Sept. 24th:"The Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has determined the satellite entered the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean at 14.1

One of the world’s roughest stretches of water

One of the world’s roughest stretches of water

Runoff from heavy rains, combined with wave action along the coast, increased the turbidity of New Zealand’s waters when this image was acquired on April 29, 2011, according to a NASA statement. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on

Rising waters in Kiribati threatening villages

Rising waters in Kiribati threatening villages

An increasing number of coastal villagers are asking to be relocated because of rising sea waters in Kiribati. Kiribati is in urgent need of funding to build sea walls to prevent sea water destroying villages and crops. If more funding is not forthcoming in the