Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.
Oil Spill Air Pollution: Research flights over the Gulf of Mexico, at the site of the BP oil spill, are studying how the oil spill polluted the air.
New Species: About 16,000 new species have been found over the past 12 months, bringing the size of the known animal kingdom to some 1.4 million species. But there are more than five million which remain to be found, according to new research.
Kirishima Erupts: The Shinmoedake cone on Japan's Mount Kirishima has started erupting again. See a video of the eruption here.
Previously on Our Daily Planet: Huge Earthquake in Japan and Hawaiian Tsunami