Ecosystems Theme

No Refuge: Tons of Trash Covers The Remote Shores of Alaska

Originally published by Yale Environment 360 - A marine biologist traveled to southwestern Alaska in search of ocean trash that had washed up along a magnificent coast rich in fish, birds, and other wildlife. He and his colleagues found plenty of trash – as much as a ton of garbage per mile on some beaches.

Posted on July 1st, 2013
Ecosystems Theme, Oceans

World’s largest urban bat colony

Bat colony in Austin, TX. Credit: Pam Rice Phillips. Originally published by EarthSky - The Congress Avenue bridge in downtown Austin is the spring and summer home to some 750,000 bats with up to 1.5 million bats at the peak of the bat-watching season. It’s the largest urban bat colony in North America.

Posted on June 28th, 2013
Ecosystems Theme, Would You Believe?

Shark ‘nursery’ found on coral reef

Originally published by BBC - Edinburgh marine biologists discover a deep-sea shark spawning ground on Scotland's only inshore coral reef.

Posted on June 18th, 2013
Ecosystems Theme, Oceans

Could the world’s biggest marine sanctuary be declared in the Antarctic?

Originally published by the Guardian - Proposals will go before a commission next month to help protect thousands of species in Antarctic waters.

Posted on June 17th, 2013
Ecosystems Theme, Oceans

Exploring Antarctica

Photo of antarctica.Originally Published by The Washington Post - The frozen landscape, dry valleys and active volcanoes that make up Antarctica provide a living laboratory for scientific study and a wondrous journey for those traveling to the ends of the Earth.

Posted on May 16th, 2013
Ecosystems Theme

New Red List to focus on ecosystems rather than species

- We may be living through the sixth great extinction. Rather than trying to preserve individual species, should we be focusing more of our efforts on saving entire ecosystems?

Posted on May 16th, 2013
Biodiversity, Ecosystems Theme

Laguna Verde

- High in the Andes Mountains in Argentina, this salt lake hosts microbes that give the lakes distinct colors.

Posted on May 13th, 2013
Earth Observation, Ecosystems Theme

A Dynamic Landscape, a Dynamic Sensor

- The Cascade Mountains and nearby forests and lakes provide a good test of the visual range of the new LDCM satellite.

Posted on April 30th, 2013
Earth Observation, Ecosystems Theme

The Human Dimension of Thetford Forest

Satellite imagery of Thetford Forest. Credit: NASAOriginally Published by NASA Earth Observatory - To celebrate Earth Day, Earth Observatory released a series of five puzzlers. Except for Thetford forest, all showed landscapes relatively untouched by human society.

Posted on April 28th, 2013
Earth Observation, Ecosystems Theme

Island of Ibiza, Spain

- Nightlife, ecological beauty, and history make the island a popular tourist destination.

Posted on April 15th, 2013
Earth Observation, Ecosystems Theme