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February 3, 2009

 

Beach with pink sand

The Biology of Sand

Many ocean-going life forms draw calcium from the water around them, and use it to secrete a hard exoskeleton, seashells for example.

February 2, 2009

 

Black volcanic sand beach

The Geology of Sand

Most grains of sand originally started as part of a larger rock.

December 2, 2008

 

Man-Made Water Reservoir

Spinning Our Planet

Most people would imagine that the Earth's rotation would be immune to our tampering. As it turns out, this isn't the case.

November 26, 2008

 

Storm Waves

Killer Seas

Most people know about the mass extinction of the dinosaurs, but did you know there have been about twenty-three mass extinctions since life began on earth?

October 28, 2008

 

SKy over Pacific Ocean

Ocean Heat

Most of the excess heat trapped by greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide actually ends up in the oceans.

October 17, 2008

 

Small ship on the ocean

Sailing Over a Tidal Wave

If you were sailing far from shore, how would you feel about a tremendous tsunami heading your way?

January 1, 2008

 

Raffaello Hit By Rogue Wave

Rogue Waves

For centuries mariners have told stories of ships sunk by huge isolated ocean waves, often in perfectly clear weather.

October 23, 2007

 

Hurricane Jeanne Off Of Florida

Hurricanes Heating Up and Cooling Down

You may have heard that global warming will result in more hurricanes that are larger and more destructive. In fact, most scientists believe this to be true.

March 20, 2007

 

3 cleaner wrasse cleaning a potato cod

Cleaner Wrasse

Step (or swim) right up for a free scale cleaning! Cleaner wrasse provide a very valuable service for their underwater clients.

October 31, 2006

 

a truck driving through a heavily flooded street

Hurricane Damage That Lasts

We've all seen the devastation caused by hurricanes, whether on the news or first-hand. However there is even more damage that most people never hear about.

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