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Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.

Memphis Braces: The Mississippi River is expected to crest in Memphis today. Officials issued more than 1,300 evacuation notices to homes in Memphis.

Saving New Orleans: The Army Corps of Engineers is opening the floodgates on the Bonnet Carre spillway, north of New Orleans, to divert some of the floodwaters into Lake Pontchartrain and then to the Gulf of Mexico. But there are winners and losers in the decision.

Geckos Freed: Over a thousand geckos were freed from the trunk of a single taxi in Cambodia.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Kentucky Derby Weather Odds and Memphis Flood Evacuations

Reach OurAmazingPlanet staff writer Brett Israel at bisrael@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @btisrael.