A recent visit to a remote Antarctic emperor penguin colony found thousands of fuzzy penguin chicks, meaning the colony is even bigger than previously…Read More »
A team from Belgium's Princess Elisabeth Antarctica polar research station estimates there are 15,000 penguins living in four groups at the colony, on East Antarctica's Princess Ragnhild Coast. The team counted the number of chicks demanding regurgitated meals from their parents to gauge the total colony size, because the adults were off fishing for food.
A Japanese explorer will attempt to hike solo to the North Pole next year, armed with only as many supplies as he can carry. In March, Yasunaga Ogita,…Read More »
who was forced to cut short his first attempt at the harrowing 500-mile (800 kilometers) journey in 2012, is aiming to trek from the northernmost part of Nunavut, in Canada, to the North Pole, reported Japan Today.
Winter brings cooling snows to Italy's fiery Mount Etna, where tourists flock to ski resorts below the volcano's belching craters.
On Dec. 13, NASA's…Read More »
Landsat 8 satellite snapped lava winding down Etna's snowy slopes — the aftermath of a Dec. 2 eruption. In the image, volcanic gas puffed from Etna's New Southeast Crater, the source of spectacular lava fountains seen in recent months from nearby villages, according to NASA's Earth Observatory.
Snowy owls — large, fluffy, white birds typically found in the Arctic and rarely seen south of the Great Lakes — have swooped down upon the eastern United…Read More »
States in greater numbers than at any time in at least 50 years, one bird expert says. The owls have been spotted as far south as Bermuda, the Carolinas and Missouri, according to news reports.
This migration of snowy owls southward is called an irruption, and this is the "largest of its kind in recent memory," said Kevin McGowan, a bird expert at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University.
Santa’s reindeer must be trained to fly through severe weather around the North Pole.
Approximately 1,900 cyclones per year whirl across the Arctic, churning…Read More »
the ocean and potentially contributing to the loss of sea ice. The Arctic System Reanalysis (ASR) research group recently counted the Arctic twisters and found approximately 40 percent more than expected.
The electrifying displays of lightning often seen over volcanoes have now been experimentally generated in the lab, research that could help shed light…Read More »
on the effects volcanic eruptions have on the landscape, the scientists behind the work say.
The blisteringly hot plumes of ash rising above volcanic eruptions often burst with lightning storms, the largest of which rival the most powerful thunderstorms known on Earth. These natural fireworks might have once helped spark early life on Earth, some scientists think.
Credit: Cat Schultz, RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program
Here's an image no swimmer would want to see in real life: a massive tiger shark with its jaws open, as if ready to devour an observer.
Though the picture…Read More »
makes it look like the photographer was the shark's next meal, no one was ever in danger, said David Shiffman, a doctoral candidate in marine biology at the University of Miami's Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, who posted the photo on Twitter (but was not on the boat at the time the photo was taken).
When male emperor penguins face the minus-58-degrees-Fahrenheit (minus 50 degrees Celsius), 120-mph (200 km/h) winds of Antarctic winters, the birds rely…Read More »
on their neighbors' bodies to keep themselves — and the eggs that they protect in a pouch near their feet — alive and warm.
Maintaining a massive huddle of thousands of penguins may sound fairly simple, but sticking together in a pack so large turns out to be quite complicated: When one penguin moves a single step, the rest must also move to accommodate the open space and stay warm. In this particular species of penguin, males play the unusual gender role of incubating eggs, so it is especially crucial that they maintain warmth during cold winters.
Gaia will pinpoint the locations of 1 billion stars in the Milky Way, and will collect information on their brightness and motion. This $1 billion mission will help researchers better understand the history of the universe, according to officials at the European Space Agency.
In about three weeks, Gaia will settle into a gravitationally stable spot known as the sun-Earth Lagrange Point 2 (L2), which is located roughly 930,000 miles (1.5 million kilometers) away from Earth. [Related: Milky Way Quiz: Test Your Galaxy Smarts] Less «
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Twin Tropical Cyclones
Tropical cyclones Amara and Bruce, the first cyclones of the season in the Indian Ocean, are shown side-by-side in images taken by the Suomi NPP satellite.…Read More »
Amara is nearing the island of Rodrigues, part of the Republic of Mauritius, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Bruce is threatening the Coco Islands west of Jakarta. Less «
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Arches National Park
Credit: Corrie Lane/US Department of the Interior
The soaring red rocks of Arches National Park are coated in snow, just in time for a white Christmas.
The park, in Moab, Utah, is under…Read More »
a winter advisory as many trails are snowy, icy and dangerous, according to the park's website.
Arches National Park is known as a landscape of contrasting colors, and the red rocks and white snow make that even more apparent in winter. In this park, visitors will also find landforms and textures unlike any other in the world.
The most famous feature in Arches National Park is the Delicate Arch, a 65-foot-tall (19.8 meters) freestanding natural arch. Delicate Arch is so famous that it's on Utah's license plates.
The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze hikers with its formations, trails, sunsets ... and snow.
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