Coral reefs tend to be vulnerable to damage from warmer waters, but at least one coral species may be able to adapt to the higher ocean temperatures that…Read More »
may come with climate change.
Researchers took branches of coral from tide pools of different temperatures and found that the branches taken from a warmer tide pool fared better in a heat-stress test than branches taken from a slightly cooler pool.
The minerals are common, but the configuration of this 6-inch-tall specimen makes it one-of-a-kind. The unusual form, which came together in a bubble…Read More »
in a lava flow, inspired the nickname Godzilla as a Hockey Goalie. This piece is among the mineral specimens for sale at a public auction scheduled for May 4.
Tiny crystals of calcite give Godzilla's "body" a fuzzy appearance, while much larger, sharp white crystals of the mineral heulandite stand in for head and arms. These minerals crystallized onto a stalactitemade of chalcedony (cal-said-nee).
A new species of louselike crustacean has been discovered living on the bones of a dead whale at the bottom of the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. …Read More »
British researchers using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to explore the deep seafloor stumbled across the bare bones of a minke whale. Speckling the bones were tiny animals that resembled wood lice, only smaller, the researchers discovered.
Credit: Julie Larsen Maher (C) Wildlife Conservation Society
Two baby western lowland gorillas have been born at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo, in New York.
Julia, a 33-year-old gorilla, gave birth…Read More »
on March 10, while 19-year-old Tuti gave birth on April 17. Both baby gorillas were fathered by Ernie, a 31-year-old gorilla. The mothers have both reared babies successfully before; prior to now, Julia had two babies and Tuti had one.
The southeastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau — a massive geological feature that stretches across about 1 million square miles (3 million square kilometers)…Read More »
in central Asia — rose up to near-modern heights millions of years earlier than previously thought, new research suggests.
If correct, this discovery extends the early Tibetan Plateau more than 620 miles (1,000 km) farther east than previously thought. The finding also offers new insight into the forces behind the elevation of this piece of the world's largest and highest plateau.
As with any satellite, the European Space Agency's new Sentinel-1A satellite's tour of duty will eventually end in fire. For now, though, the satellite…Read More »
begins its sojourn in orbit with ice.
Images of ice, that is. One of the first snapshots beamed back from the new orbiter is a black-and-white view of icebergs scattered like cookie crumbs along Pine Island Bay in Antarctica. The image also includes a view of one corner of the 31-mile-wide (50 kilometers) Thwaites Glacier.
The moon rises with the brilliant glow of earthshine over a citadel along the Arno River in Pisa, Italy in these beautiful images recently sent to Space.com.
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Amateur astronomer and photographer Giuseppe Petricca of Pisa, Italy, took these images on March 3 as the 2.5 percent lit moon hanged low in the sky roughly one hour after sunset. Petricca used a Nikon Coolpix P90 Bridge on tripod (ISO 100, f5.0). Exposition times varied as the photographer adapted the shots to the incoming darkness.
An expedition to the islands of Svalbard, Norway, to study how rising temperatures and melting sea ice are affecting polar bears concluded Monday (April…Read More »
Over the 10-day trek, researchers outfitted female bears with satellite tracking collars that will send back data, giving researchers a picture of how shrinking sea ice may be affecting the polar bears' movements and denning patterns.
Two Michigan-based astrophotographers combined their skills to capture this brilliant image of the Cone Nebula, the Christmas Tree star cluster and the…Read More »
Fox Fur Nebula.
Avid night sky photographer Terry Hancock of DownUnder Observatory in Fremont, Mich., used a QHY11S monochrome CCD cooled camera, Takahashi Epsilon E-180 and Paramount GT-1100S German Equatorial Mount.
This serene vista is a snapshot of the Eagletail Mountains Wilderness, which is located about 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of Phoenix, Ariz. The Eagletail…Read More »
Mountains border the wilderness to the north, and Cemetary Ridge forms its southern perimeter. A large desert plain extends between the two ridgelines.
The stunning expanse stretches 153 square miles (396 square kilometers) and is a popular destination for horseback riding and backpacking trips. Rock climbers and day hikers can also enjoy the natural arches, high spires, monoliths and jagged sawtooth ridges of the Eagletail Mountains Wilderness. [Related: One-of-a-Kind Places on Earth] Less «
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Glistening Glaciers In Kenai Fjords National Park
Credit: National Park Service
At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. In this Alaskan wilderness, nearly 40 glaciers flow from…Read More »
the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature.
In Kenai Fjords National Park, wildlife thrives in the icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice, a remnant of the last ice age. Lucky visitors on tour boats in Kenai Fjords might glimpse the Dall's porpoise, which may be the fastest small cetacean on the planet — clocked at speeds of 35 mph (56 kph).
Native Alutiiq relied on the park’s resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Adventurous visitors today can visit popular glaciers, such as Exit Glacier, by skis, dogsled, snowshoes or snowmobiles.