Posts Tagged Southern Hemisphere

This Coffin-Shaped Iceberg Is Drifting Toward Death…

This unusually shaped iceberg (ever so often there seem to be some really strange one, I think there has been a rectangular one too) is drifting towards warmer waters, so in essence its drifting to its own death, and to top it all off it looks like a coffin… Read all about it here: https://www.livescience.com/63987-coffin-iceberg-antarctica-nasa.html Advertisements

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Oceans are changing…

Summary from Science Daily:  New research finds that when westerly winds in the Antarctic Ocean strengthen during the austral summer (October to February), surface waters in the region acidify faster than can be accounted for by increases in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere alone… Read the rest of the article here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181009175643.htm

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The Galápagos Islands: Laboratory of Evolution…

The Galápagos Islands archipelago is home to a complex ecosystem with a fascinating geological history, as well as unique examples of plant and animal life. The islands’ flora and fauna inspired renowned naturalist Charles Darwin to formulate his theory of evolution, and thousands of tourists and scientists flock to the islands every year to further […]

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Antarctic Iceberg’s Split Reveals Ecosystem Hidden for Thousands of Years…

Intro: A giant iceberg that broke away from an ice shelf in the Antarctic Peninsula in July is slowly revealing a vast undersea ecosystem that has been hidden for thousands of years, researchers say… Source (livescience.com): Antarctic Iceberg’s Split Reveals Ecosystem Hidden for Thousands of Years

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Earth’s orbital variations, sea ice synch glacial periods… 

Summary:  New research shows how sea ice growth in the Southern Hemisphere during certain orbital periods could control the pace of ice ages on Earth…  Article can be read at sciencedaily.com: Earth’s orbital variations, sea ice synch glacial periods

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World’s largest marine park created in Ross Sea in Antarctica in landmark deal… 

EU and 24 countries sign long-awaited agreement to protect 1.1m sq km of water in Southern Ocean… Read all about the agreement at theguardian.com: World’s largest marine park created in Ross Sea in Antarctica in landmark deal

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Vanishing Act: What’s Causing Sharp Decline in Insects and Why It Matters by Christian Schwägerl: Yale Environment 360…

“Insect populations are declining dramatically in many parts of the world, recent studies show. Researchers say various factors, from monoculture farming to habitat loss, are to blame for the plight of insects, which are essential to agriculture and ecosystems.” Source: Vanishing Act: What’s Causing Sharp Decline in Insects and Why It Matters by Christian Schwägerl: […]

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Antarctic coastal waters ‘rising faster’…

“Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica… Near-shore waters went up by about 2mm per year more than the general trend for the Southern Ocean as a whole in the period between 1992 and 2011. Scientists say the melting of glaciers and the thinning of ice shelves are dumping 350 billion […]

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NASA’s Spaceborne Carbon Counter Maps New Details…

As posted on NASA’s JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) website, Dec. 18th 2014… “The first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide from NASA’s new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission demonstrate its performance and promise, showing elevated carbon dioxide concentrations across the Southern Hemisphere from springtime biomass burning… A global map covering Oct. 1 through Nov. 17 shows […]

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